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Pellicano Trial: My Final Thoughts On The Guilty Verdict

Allison Hope Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Allison Hope Weiner

The actual bottom line is that even with a few embarrassing and inconvenient moments, the rich and powerful citizens of Los Angeles (and a few other places) didn't have to go to jail.

Pellicano Trial: Confusing Jury Deliberations

Allison Hope Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Allison Hope Weiner

The latest update from the Pellicano jury room is that the jury deliberations are proving to be as confusing as the actual case.

Pellicano Trial: The Jury Has The Case

Allison Hope Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Allison Hope Weiner

The prosecutors and the defense attorneys have shaken hands and I'm sitting in the hallway wondering about how so many people who broke the law walked away from this mess without so much as a scratch.

Pellicano Closing Arguments: Final Thoughts

Allison Hope Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Allison Hope Weiner

Frankly, the best part of Mr. Hummel's close came when he finally allowed himself to get emotional about the facts leading up to former Sgt. Arneson's arrest.

Pellicano Delivers Own (Hysterical) Closing Arguments

Allison Hope Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Allison Hope Weiner

And then, there were his final comments to the jury--probably the most entertaining final close that I've ever heard. "Mr. Pellicano refuses to insult your intelligence," he said of himself.

Pellicano Trial: The Closing Arguments

Allison Hope Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Allison Hope Weiner

Bottom line is that only three people involved in the entertainment industry were charged in this case--despite the fact that almost all of Mr. Pellicano's clients were related to the entertainment business.

Pellicano Trial: Closing Arguments Begin

Allison Hope Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Allison Hope Weiner

Daniel Saunders has begun his closing argument, starting with his statement that Pellicano's agency was "nothing more than a criminal organization operated by a well connected, well paid thug."

Pellicano Trial: Mistrial Denied

Allison Hope Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Allison Hope Weiner

At this time, the judge had denied without prejudice Mr. Hummel's motion on Mr. Arneson's behalf for a mistrial.

Pellicano Trial: A Possible Mistrial As Jury Sent Home

Allison Hope Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Allison Hope Weiner

So, on Monday, the court noted that the witness will return and she will consider whether to declare a mistrial.

Pellicano Trial: A Computer Expert and a Government Witness Bashed

Allison Hope Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Allison Hope Weiner

Braun also went after the government's witness, Tarita Virute. As you probably don't recall at this point, Ms. Virtue was a one-woman Pellicano-bashing machine when she took the stand for the government.

Pellicano Trial: Telesleuth In Depth

Allison Hope Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Allison Hope Weiner

If the judge wasn't resting her cheek on her hand all the time, I'm sure her head would come crashing down on the bench.

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

Allison Hope Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Allison Hope Weiner

The day ended with some of the biggest news of the trial, Anthony Pellicano will not testify in his own defense.

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

Allison Hope Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Allison Hope Weiner

After Mr. Cestero got to Greenberg Glusker he recalled that Fields, who represented Brad Grey in the Bo Zenga litigation, hired Pellicano.

Pellicano Trial: LAPD Employment Scheme

Allison Hope Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Allison Hope Weiner

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.) ho...

Pellicano Trial: Michael Ovitz Fingered Over Threats To Anita Busch

Allison Hope Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Allison Hope Weiner

"Did Mr. Ovitz pay Mr. Pellicano money?" asked Mr. Lally, clearly certain of Mr. Ornellas' answer. "Yes. He paid via check through a law firm and also via cash," replied Agent Ornellas.

Pellicano Trial: Pellicano To Testify And A Reminder That Many Wiretappers Were Never Charged

Allison Hope Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Allison Hope Weiner

The day started off with a not-so-surprising announcement. While the other defense attorneys struggled to keep on their game faces, Mr. Pellicano announced his intention to testify in his own defense.

Pellicano Trial: Bert Fields Will Not Testify

Allison Hope Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Allison Hope Weiner

The jury will not get to hear any testimony from Mr. Fields on anything related to Mr. Pellicano's alleged wiretapping on behalf of many of Mr. Fields' clients.

Pellicano Trial: The Little Man Pays and Bert Fields is Next

Allison Hope Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Allison Hope Weiner

Mr. Saunders showed exhibit after exhibit of runs Mr. Arneson had made for Mr. Pellicano involving Anita Busch, Bernard Weinraub, Jude Green, Keith Carradine and just about everyone else.

Pellicano Trial: Waiting for Bert and Stan Ornellas Testifies

Allison Hope Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Allison Hope Weiner

The jury is off tomorrow and the court will be dealing with jury instructions. And then on Friday, Mr. Ornellas will re-take the stand and Mr. Hummel is expected to call Bert Fields.

Pellicano Trial: Attempt at a Mistrial and the Bert Fields Wait Goes On

Allison Hope Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Allison Hope Weiner

Bert Fields is sitting across the room with his attorney, Brian Sun, as well as a pack of other attorneys who are simultaneously laughing at all of Bert's jokes.

Pellicano Trial: Judge Denies Mistrial

Allison Hope Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Allison Hope Weiner

So, the Judge wasn't buying it... She said that she was willing to give a curative instruction to the jury about this whole matter, but that there would be no mistrial.

Pellicano Trial: The Prosecutors Take The Stand In Mistrial Motion

Allison Hope Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Allison Hope Weiner

The Judge, who seemed ready to pluck out her own eyeballs at the stupidity of the government not turning over this evidence and who has been reading motions on this case around the clock, also wasn't happy with Mr. Hummel.

Pellicano Trial: What They Didn't Ask Michael Ovitz

Allison Hope Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Allison Hope Weiner

As riveting as Michael Ovitz's testimony was last week, there was quite a bit missing. Reviewing the F.B.I.'s notes from its interviews with Mr. Ovitz, it's clear the former super agent said a lot to the F.B.I. the jury never got to hear.

Pellicano Trial: Taxpayer Money Working for Pellicano and Looking Forward to Bert Fields

Allison Hope Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Allison Hope Weiner

"You were paid to investigate crimes and your salary was paid by the people of Los Angeles," pointed out Mr. Saunders. But instead, Saunders added, you were busy spending hours looking up people for Mr. Pellicano.

Pellicano Trial: Arneson Did Work For Many Famous Clients

Allison Hope Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Allison Hope Weiner

Mr. Arneson checked the security on some homes of Pellicano's famous clients- including Nicholas Cage... In very juicy testimony, Arneson testified about how Pellicano assisted investigating prostitution rings.