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Prosecutors: Defense responsible media leaks in Pellicano case
AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/23/06 | AP

Posted on 05/23/2006 7:50:30 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

Defense attorneys are responsible for leaking confidential FBI summaries to the media in a Hollywood wiretapping case, federal prosecutors argued in court documents.

Prosecutors said articles citing FBI interviews with Hollywood power brokers didn't start showing up in the New York Times until after information had been turned over to defense attorneys as part of the pretrial discovery process. Because a protective order may have been violated, the U.S. Justice Department has launched an investigation to determine who leaked the details.

"The protective order was materially breached when at least one of the members of the defense team provided material produced by the government to the New York Times," prosecutors said in court documents filed late Monday.

"Given that such information was released to the press in violation of the protective order within a matter of days from its dissemination to the defense, it is plainly apparent that the stipulation was entered into by at least one party who had no intention of being bound by its terms."

A number of defense lawyers said at a court hearing earlier this month that neither they nor their clients were responsible for the leaks. Fourteen people have been charged so far in the wiretapping investigation, which began more than three years ago. Six people have pleaded guilty.

One defense attorney suggested in an interview Tuesday that the government could not be ruled out as the source of the leaks.

"All of the members of the various defense teams have denied leaking any of the information," said defense attorney Terree Bowers, who represents Terry Christensen, a longtime attorney for MGM mogul Kirk Kerkorian. Christensen has pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of intercepting wire communications.

"There are just as many indicators that the leaks may have come from the government camp," Bowers added.

Private investigator Anthony Pellicano is suspected of being the kingpin of a ring that used threats and blackmail while digging up dirt to help celebrity and other clients in legal disputes.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: defense; leaks; media; pellicano; prosecutors; responsible

1 posted on 05/23/2006 7:50:31 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: doug from upland; SmithL

fyi


2 posted on 05/23/2006 7:51:35 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - "The Road to Peace in the Middle East runs thru Damascus.")
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To: NormsRevenge

How's your cat?


3 posted on 05/23/2006 8:06:50 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (There are only a few absolute truths in life, the rest are just opinion.)
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To: NormsRevenge

They forgot to leak anything about the Clintons.


4 posted on 05/23/2006 8:15:52 PM PDT by SmithL (I voted)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

cat(s). Thanks for asking. Healthy, knock on wood.

Did he ever do any work in the DC area, I wonder, Kathleen Willey,, ?


5 posted on 05/23/2006 8:16:16 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - "The Road to Peace in the Middle East runs thru Damascus.")
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To: NormsRevenge

I think you are right. I did make some notes about him in my journal, but then again I have been known to lie to my journal.


6 posted on 05/23/2006 8:19:05 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (There are only a few absolute truths in life, the rest are just opinion.)
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To: NormsRevenge
So what's going to happen? Mis-trial? Change of venue? Delays until all the witnesses are disposed of deposed?

Wiki Refresher Link

7 posted on 05/23/2006 8:21:18 PM PDT by Eastbound
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To: Eastbound

I'd pick the last choice..

outcome? eventually, to be convicted, multiple counts.

The first is a slight possibility, venue change, maybe to Santa Barbara, but not likely imo

Thanks for the link.


8 posted on 05/23/2006 8:44:45 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - "The Road to Peace in the Middle East runs thru Damascus.")
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