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Allison Hope Weiner, a lawyer and journalist who’s covered Hollywood for more than fifteen years is the host of TheLip.TV’s ‘Media Mayhem,’ a weekly internet show that gives the audience a chance to see what goes on behind the scenes in the world of media in an effort to make viewers more discerning and discriminating consumers of news content.

Weiner also hosts TheLip.TV’s ‘Crime Time,’ a show that follows the most significant legal cases in the country, demystifying the court system and reporting on the major crimes and trials being played out in public. Police brutality, celebrity crime, forensic pathology and investigation is broken down for the audience by a rotating panel of astute and experienced legal minds.

During her time at TheLip.TV Weiner has played a pivotal role in interviewing high profile guests from all aspects of the entertainment industry; from award winning screenwriters like Terence Winter (“Boardwalk Empire”), Matthew Weiner (“Mad Men”); and other prominent journalists such as CNN’s Chris Cuomo and ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent, Martha Raddatz. Weiner’s guests have also included well-known prosecutors, defense attorneys and forensic psychiatrists.

Before joining TheLip.TV, Weiner wrote for The New York Times, reporting on the entertainment industry. While there, Weiner profiled legendary Hollywood lawyer Bert Field, landed an exclusive interview with Mel Gibson and wrote extensively about the Anthony Pellicano trial.

Weiner joined The New York Times from Entertainment Weekly where she served as a senior writer. During that time, she landed exclusives interviews from ‘The Sopranos” star James Gandolfini during his HBO contract dispute to “Pee-wee Herman” actor Paul Reubens after his plea deal for possession of child pornography.

In addition to her two shows on TheLip.TV, Weiner has also appeared on CNN, HLN, ABC’s 20/20, Extra, Inside Edition, Access Hollywood and other shows in connection with her coverage of Hollywood crime-related stories.

A graduate of Columbia University and the University of Southern California Law Center, Allison Hope Weiner joined the legendary firm of Wyman, Bautzer—where she represented entertainers and corporate media clients before she left the law for journalism.

Entries by Allison Hope Weiner

Pellicano Trial: My Final Thoughts On The Guilty Verdict

(8) Comments | Posted May 17, 2008 | 5:20 PM

So, the jury found them all guilty--the former private eye, Anthony Pellicano, the former cop, Mark Arneson, the former phone guy, Ray Turner, the former computer consultant, Kevin Kachikian and one former client, Abner Nicherie.

I apologize to everyone for not writing about the guilty verdicts sooner, but I was...

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Pellicano Trial: Jury Deliberations Go On

(4) Comments | Posted May 15, 2008 | 10:40 AM

Just in case you're wondering, there is still no verdict in the Pellicano trial. That's right. They're still deliberating and in case you've forgotten, they started way back on May 1st. The jury had an extra long day yesterday--deliberating from 8:00AM until 3:00. (They take a lunch break at 11:00...

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Pellicano Trial: Confusing Jury Deliberations

(17) Comments | Posted May 6, 2008 | 1:45 PM

The latest update from the Pellicano jury room is that the jury deliberations are proving to be as confusing as the actual case. The jury has come back with at least one question every day since they started deliberating. Some of the questions from the other day seemed to indicate...

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Pellicano Trial: The Jury Has The Case

(20) Comments | Posted May 1, 2008 | 4:38 PM

As promised, Mr. Saunders (and his buddy Mr. Lally who wore matching suits for this final day of trial) got the last word. It was all Mr. Saunders in the last stretch of this trial, taking his final opportunity to argue against almost every single point brought up by the...

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Pellicano Trial: Final Defense Closing Arguments

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2008 | 2:04 PM

Mona Soo Hoo just gave her closing argument on behalf of former SBC phone company worked Ray Turner and it was surprisingly good. She did a great job of pointing out that most of the damning testimony against Mr. Turner came from Teresa Wright, a phone company employee who was...

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Pellicano Closing Arguments: Final Thoughts

(4) Comments | Posted April 30, 2008 | 3:30 PM

We finished up the day with final closing by Adam Braun, the attorney for computer genius Kevin Kachikian. All of the defense attorneys did a decent job today of discrediting aspects of the government's case, but there were a few things about Mr. Hummel and Mr. Braun's closing that were...

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Pellicano Delivers Own (Hysterical) Closing Arguments

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2008 | 1:48 PM

Mr. Hummel, who represents Mark Arneson, spent an hour delivering a compact, compelling closing argument as to why Mr. Arneson should be found innocent. He started off admitting what he'd admitted in his opening--Mr. Arneson did in fact do hundreds of computer runs for Mr. Pellicano over the years. He...
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Pellicano Trial: The Closing Arguments

(3) Comments | Posted April 30, 2008 | 11:20 AM

Prosecutor Daniel Saunders stepped up to the podium yesterday morning to finally give his closing argument in a case that started back in November, 2002. Mr. Saunders actually started off strong, going to the audio tape in order to give the jury a taste of Mr. Pellicano in action. The...

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Pellicano Trial: Closing Arguments Begin

(2) Comments | Posted April 29, 2008 | 2:10 PM

Prosecutor Daniel Saunders has begun his closing argument, starting off strongly with his statement that the Pellicano Investigative Agency was "nothing more than a criminal organization operated by a well connected, well paid thug." He then went on to give the jury a recitation of the number of witnesses and...

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Pellicano Trial Exclusive: Excerpts From FBI Investigation

(2) Comments | Posted April 28, 2008 | 9:18 PM

I have exclusively reviewed the evidence gathered this weekend by the F.B.I. relating to the government's intent to still try and prove, despite testimony from their own witness to the contrary, that former Sgt. Mr. Arneson had something to do with filing a fraudulent bankruptcy application and that he lied...

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Pellicano Trial: Mistrial Denied

(4) Comments | Posted April 28, 2008 | 1:04 PM

Part 1:
At this time, the judge had denied without prejudice Mr. Hummel's motion on Mr. Arneson's behalf for a mistrial. After Phyllis Miller, the government's witness from last week, agreed to not take the fifth and continue to be cross-examined on whether she and her husband had forged...

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Pellicano Trial: A Possible Mistrial As Jury Sent Home

(10) Comments | Posted April 25, 2008 | 1:56 PM

**Update below**

Part 1:

Well folks, it seems that Mr. Saunders' day long grilling and attempted impeachment of former Sgt. Arneson has come back to haunt him. After introducing documents of a bankruptcy filing that Mr. Saunders claimed was signed and filed by Mr. Arneson and that...

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Pellicano Trial: Computer Expert Kevin Kachikian Cross-Examined

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2008 | 9:58 PM

Even after the judge admonished Mr. Kachikian to put a lid on his commentary and threatened him with serious sanctions, Mr. Kachikian continued to hold up pretty well under cross-examination by Mr. Saunders. With the judge learning forward, listening carefully to his every response, Mr. Kachikian continue to still manage...
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Pellicano Trial: A Computer Expert and a Government Witness Bashed

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2008 | 1:49 PM

Computer Expert Kevin Kachikian was back on the stand this morning and having a bit of difficulty briefly answering Mr. Braun's questions. After a number of snarky objections from Mr. Saunders, who definitely looks like he could stand a good night's sleep and a little sun, the judge repeatedly instructed...

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Pellicano Trial: Anthony Won't Testify In His Own Defense

(4) Comments | Posted April 23, 2008 | 7:56 PM

The day ended with some of the biggest news of the trial, Anthony Pellicano will not testify in his own defense. After what was one of the most tortuous days of the trial with the seemingly endless testimony of defendant Kevin Kachikian, Mr. Pellicano finally livened things up after the...

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Pellicano Trial: Telesleuth In Depth

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2008 | 4:25 PM

Part 1:
Here at the Pellicano trial, things have livened up with defendant and resident computer geek Kevin Kachikian taking the stand to talk about his days working on the telesleuth program with former boss, Anthony Pellicano. Mr. Kachikian, sporting a friendly, youthful looking non-descript v-neck sweater, white shirt...

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Pellicano Trial: Greenberg, Glusker and Brad Grey's Work

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2008 | 10:13 PM

Ms. Soo Hoo took a much needed break from her defense of Mr. Turner and turned the defense over to Adam Braun, the attorney for computer wiz Kevin Kachikian. Mr. Braun called Ricardo Preston Cestero, who began as a worker in Mr. Pellicano's audio lab in July 1995 and then...

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Pellicano Trial: Pellicano Does a Cross Examination and Digging for Proof

(3) Comments | Posted April 22, 2008 | 2:31 PM

Session 1:

Mr. Pellicano started off this morning's session of his trial on wiretapping and conspiracy with a brief comment, noting that he no longer wished to cross-examine F.B.I. Agent Stan Ornellas because he "no longer has any belief in the fairness of the trial." He didn't elaborate on when...

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Pellicano Trial: Michael Ovitz Fingered Over Threats To Anita Busch

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2008 | 6:24 PM

After years of speculation, the government offered its answers to a few questions about who they think was behind the threat against Anita Busch--the dead fish and "stop" note that have been the most well known evidence in the case against Mr. Pellicano. In two words--Agent Ornellas identified Michael Ovitz....

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Pellicano Trial: LAPD Employment Scheme

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2008 | 4:42 PM

Right now, we're busy listening to a parade of former colleagues of Mr. Arneson's who are testifying to what a.) what a good officer he was and b.) how helpful he was and c.) how they all made lots of arrests together. The idea is to show that Mr. Pellicano...

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