Federal judge to issue written order granting delay

A federal judge said Monday she will postpone the wiretapping trial of Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano and several other co-defendants to Aug. 22.

U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer had originally scheduled trial for February, but the case against Pellicano and six other defendants has been delayed by a lengthy discovery process.

Fischer said she would issue a written order granting the delay.

Pellicano, 62, has pleaded not guilty to racketeering and wiretapping charges.

His lawyer, Steven Gruel, said Pellicano opposed a joint motion by prosecutors and five defense attorneys to move the trial date back to Sept. 11, 2007.

“We’re ready to go,” Gruel said outside court. “I think the judge is trying to accommodate all counsel.”

Fischer chose Aug. 22 as the trial date after determining it was the earliest possible date after she rules on all motions. The trial could take as long as three months.

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