Closing arguments begin in Pellicano trial

Closing arguments begin Tuesday in the Anthony Pellicano trial. But before those could start, Jude Dale S. Fischer to rule whether or not she would grant Mark Arneson a mistrial.

Last week, Chad Hummel, the defense attorney for Arneson, a former Los Angeles Police Dept. Sgt., requested a mistrial for his client after testimony by Phyllis Miller pinpointed her husband as the individual who had fraudulently forged the cop’s signature on a Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing.

Arneson is one of four co-defendants on trial facing illegal wiretapping and racketeering charges, with the cop having allegedly provided Pellicano with private information collected from police databases.

Prosecutors had used the bankruptcy as a way to prove that, on top of all the other accusations of his close ties to Pellicano, Arneson wasn’t a credible character, considering that much of the information in the bankruptcy filing was inaccurate. But Arneson was adamant that he’d never filed or signed the paperwork.

Judge Fischer wound up denying the motion for the mistrial, saying there were insufficient grounds to end the trial for Arneson.

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