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Anita Busch: LAT’s Pellicano Ties Should Be Investigated

apell.jpgAnita Busch, the former L.A. Times reporter whose receiving of a dead fish and threatening note set off the Anthony Pellicano investigation says current L.A. Times employees remain too cozy with the investigator and should be the target of inquiry themselves. She specifically names Chuck Philips and Jim Newton, saying of Philips:

The Pellicano case coverage in the L.A. Times as reported by Chuck Philips (who told the NY Times that Pellicano was his longtime news source) should be examined. It’s a case study of how Pellicano worked his media relationships to try to destroy his adversaries.

Newton responded here.

LAT In 90 Seconds — Afternoon Edition

38343712.jpgLindsay Lohan’s Watering Hole Burns To the Ground: Basque Nightclub and Restaurant burns to the ground. No cause has been determined, but the LAT is careful to remind us that it’s the Hollywood Blvd club where Lilo celebrated her 21st birthday. (Is that an implied probable cause?)

22150091.jpgPellicano Rests His Case: Referring to himself in the third-person, Anthony Pellicano says of himself, “Perhaps his business card should have read, ‘ I deliver,’ because that’s what he did over and over again — not just for his private clients but for law enforcement…,” the private eye told a federal jury. “He kept things to himself and only allowed people to know what he wanted them to know.”

37303917-30125445.jpgDaytime Emmy Noms: The Gold Derby has one of ‘em picture-book thingies if you’re interested.

Pellicano Case Closing Arguments

ALeqM5g6bHKsEWSbHnVPUc7HUfMjL2sJLg.jpgAssociated Press: Indicted Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano said Wednesday he acted as a “lone ranger” while gathering information for his A-list clients and did not lead a criminal enterprise as prosecutors have alleged at his racketeering trial.

Nikki Finke: So the trial that would not end is finally ending with closing arguments. Not much of a Hollywood angle to report, except for the lawyer for LAPD Sgt Mark Arneson, who is accused of doing all those illegal law enforcement database investigations. I’ve been reading the coverage – anxiously awaiting the verdict on this end!

L.A. Weekly: “The sheer Alexandrian inventory of charges precluded (prosecutor Daniel Saunders) from engaging in the kind of narrative-tweaking storytelling that might have brought the eight-week proceedings to more vivid life.

L.A. Times: After all the testimony about Anthony Pellicano — the industry titans who said he loyally helped them during troubled times, the harassed men and women who recalled being targeted at their most vulnerable times — a federal prosecutor, in arguments Tuesday, reduced him from a powerful private detective to a “very well-connected and very well-paid thug.”

LAT In 90 Seconds

38207092.jpgLast Laugh: It’s been argued that Jimmy Fallon would be nothing without Tina Fey. We’ll get a chance to find out when he takes over for Conan O’Brien after Conan succeeds Jay Leno next month year.

apellim.jpgSide Show Freaks: Carla Hall turns her attention to Pellicano’s co-defendants “the disgraced cop, the one-time Las Vegas businessman, the former phone company technician and the computer whiz.” It’s a fun read, we highly recommend.

38200383-24205611.jpgEven More Ado About Nothing: Miley Cyrus’ green bra has sparked controversy. Kinda. Not really. But, shhh, don’t tell the LAT that (Sorry, Dawn).

More Audio Tape Wednesday: HuffPo Has Ovitz Audio

_40672354_ovitz203ap.jpgHuffPo’s Allison Hope Weiner got her hands on some audio of Michael Ovitz calling Anthony Pellicano. We don’t know what this proves beyond than what is already out there. But it’s always nice to come across a little time capsule of powerful people acting poorly.

Earlier:

The Zell Tapes Released

Weiner’s TRO and The Curious Case of Jim Taricani

Allison Hope Weiner might want to do some research into the curious case of Jim Taricani, the Providence, RI investigative reporter who did 6 months for refusing to name a source.

Weiner, readers may recall, got served a temporary restraining order aimed at stopping her from posting audio tapes of Anthony Pellicano and his clients on her HuffPost blog. The NY Times made the tapes available as well (Pellicano and his indicted lawyer Terry N. Christensen), but where’s their TRO? Christensen’s trial will start about a month after Pellicano’s ends, and his legal team says that the tapes compromise his right to a fair trial.

The NYT has lawyers just sitting around, waiting for someone to try interfere with freedom of the press, but is the Huffington Post likely to stand by their blogger? Weiner’s represented by Theodore J. Boutrous Jr. of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. The hearing hasn’t been scheduled yet.

While covering the Plunder Gate case of former Providence mayor Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr, Tarcani received a surveillance tape from a source to whom he promised anonymity, and aired it, in defiance of a federal court order against the dissemination of such evidence. He was cited for contempt of court, fines ratcheted up, and he did 6 months of home confinement, with NBC underwriting his legal defense.

Robert Iafolla, writing in the LA Daily Journal, takes the “it can’t happen here” tone. Weiner’s CDs were subject to a protective order issued in April 2006, although she’s not actually bound by that order. It’s a safe bet that Pellicano didn’t give them to her, and unlikely that she found them at a yard sale, so that leaves, oh, who knows? the defense team?

The whole motion is probably designed not to not put a gag order on Weiner but to get her testimony per the source of whoever actually violated the protective order. Or course, that puts the Huffington Post in an uncomfortable spot.

Earlier:
HuffPo Blogger Weiner Served –Restraining Order at Pellicano Trial

HuffPo: Bert Fields To Take The Fifth

s-BERT-154x114.jpgThe Huffington Post is reporting that, if called to testify, “attorney to the stars” Bert Fields will take the fifth amendment in the trial of Anthony Pellicano.

Fields has been widely reported to have hired Pellicano numerous times over the years.

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33907744-23073101.jpgSinai Cited: The California Department of Public health cited Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the hospital was fined $25,000 for giving overdoses of a blood thinner to three babies, including the newborn twins of actor Dennis Quaid.

36948102-19193340.jpgCan You Hear Me Now? L.A. developer Robert Maguire’s ex-wife testified that she paid Anthony Pellicano nearly $1 million to sleuth for clues to her estranged husband’s assets and “heard numerous wiretapped recordings of Maguire’s conversations with his psychiatrist, onetime mistress, world-famous architect Frank Gehry and others.”

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Is Blackface OK Now? Nope.

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36971696-20110742.jpgThe Know-Nothing Excuse: The Paramount head testifies that he didn’t know Anthony Pellicano was doing anything illegal. And this man runs a major studio?

36948058.jpgIn Related News: Actress Linda Doucett told a federal jury Wednesday that she received a terrifying telephone call threatening her son shortly after she spoke with the FBI about its Pellicano wiretapping investigation.

36943109-19163610.jpgThe Audacity Of A Differing Opinion: Michael Meyers opines that Barack Obama’s “Lincoln Moment” missed the mark.

LAT In 90 Seconds

33562141-13180336.jpgAnimated Picture Book: In honor of Horton Hears A Who! (which the FBLA Toddler highly recommends), LAT puts together a picture book of famous people giving voice to famous animated characters. One complaint: This should include audio clips.

36757798-14090738.jpgFirst Celeb Testimony in Pellicano Case: Gary Shandling took the stand yesterday. We still don’t understand why Brad Grey isn’t wearing an orange jumpsuit.

heidifleiss.jpgPussy Pundit: Sex scandal in the news? Call Heidi Fleiss. We live in a weird, weird world.

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