Breaking: Pellicano Found Guilty

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Breaking: Pellicano Found Guilty

Thu May 15, 2008 @ 01:32PM PST

Posted by Eriq Gardner

Pellicano_2 It took more than a week of jury deliberation, but Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano was convicted on federal racketeering charges today.

Pellicano came into the courtroom with a grin on his face but stared nonplussed at the judge when the verdict was read.

Details about the conviction, including the fates of his alleged co-conspirators are still coming in, so stay tuned.

UPDATE: Pellicano was convicted of all but one of the 77 counts against him. Each of the racketeering counts carries a maximum of 20 years in prison, while most of the other counts have five-year maximum sentences. Sentencing is set for Sept. 24. "We went by the evidence," said Terri Winbush, forewoman of the 12-member jury. "There was a lot of evidence." The jury also Pellicano's co-defendants guilty. “We are extremely pleased and gratified,” said lead prosecutor Daniel A. Saunders as he left the courthouse. We'll have more reaction tomorrow.

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