The Pellicano Trial: The Day When the Media Said Enough is Enough

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The Pellicano Trial: The Day When the Media Said Enough is Enough

Thu Mar 27, 2008 @ 03:37PM PST

Posted by Eriq Gardner


Here's a plea to prosecutors: Please call more celebrities and Hollywood agents to the stand. According to THR's Leslie Simmons, "The government's wiretapping and racketeering case against former Hollywood sleuth Anthony Pellicano went from sordid tales of love gone wrong Tuesday to the minutia of computer source codes and operating systems Wednesday."

CAA partners Kevin Huvane and Bryan Lourd delivered brief 30-minute testimony (The LA Times counted 10) where they recounted how CAA co-founder Michael Ovitz hired Pellicano to spy on opponents. As if DMV records and social security number procurement is the sordid affair we crave.

Meanwhile, software engineer Jeffrey Edwards got four hours on the stand about how he broke Pellicano's Omerta code. Reporters were begging for a respite, counting down the days to the trial's conclusion. Maybe Edwards should have been played by Tom Hanks.

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