Following an emotional appeal by frail, frightened-looking former Los Angeles Times writer Anita Busch, U.S. District Court Judge Dale S. Fischer Monday denied bail to Anthony Pellicano, once Hollywood's flamboyant gumshoe to the stars.

Pellicano has been imprisoned in a federal detention facility in Big Springs, Tex., since his May 2008 conviction on a variety of racketeering counts, which included charges of computer fraud, identity theft and operating a criminal enterprise aimed at wiretapping its rich and famous victims.

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