The Pellicano Trial II: Prosecutors Aim to Show Knowledge of Unlawfulness

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The Pellicano Trial II: Prosecutors Aim to Show Knowledge of Unlawfulness

Thu Aug 07, 2008 @ 11:14AM PST

Posted by Eriq Gardner

Christensenterry It's been a while since we checked in on the latest Pellicano trial. This time, entertainment attorney Terry Christensen is a co-defendant. For background, click here.

The buzz is that billionaire Kirk Kerkorian will be taking the witness stand to talk about his 2002 child custody and support case that was the impetus behind Christensen hiring Pellicano.

Robert Iafolla of the LA Daily Journal reported that U.S. Attorney Daniel A. Saunders told U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer that he has a $25,000 retainer check from Christensen's firm to the Pellicano Investigative Agency and that the prosecutor wants the jury to know that the payment was made when Pellicano was already brought up on charges.

Defense counsel Patty Glaser erupted that it was "totally irrelevant," though judging by her flourish, it might not be.

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