Temporary restraining order issued to blogger
The Anthony Pellicano wiretapping trial got very meta Thursday morning, when journo Allison Hope Weiner was served with legal documents as she exited the downtown L.A. courtroom.
Weiner, who’s been blogging about the Pellicano trial for the Huffington Post, was served with a temporary restraining order on behalf of lawyer Terry Christensen over Pellicano audio files she has posted on that site on the grounds that they are confidential. Some of the files have been played in court but others have not.
Ironically, Weiner was served during a break in testimony by Wayne Reynolds about his audio forensic work on Pellicano’s taped conversations while working there. Weiner got served as she fished her cell phone out of a holding bin outside the courtroom door.
The journo, who has a law degree, said it was the first time she had been served. She previously raised eyebrows for invoking her legal status to gain access to Pellicano in jail while covering the story for the New York Times.
The restraining order did not deter Weiner from continuing to report on the trial, however. Within an hour she was blogging away from a bench outside the courtroom.
Inside the courtroom, meanwhile, Reynolds was testifying about some of the technology Pellicano used to enhance what he believed to be wiretapped conversations. He admitted he had lied to the F.B.I. when first questioned about Pellicano’s wiretapping activities out of desire to protect the man he viewed as a surrogate father.
“I was worried about protecting Anthony,” he testified, visibly upset. “I didn’t want to see something like this happen.”
Reynolds said he had met Pellicano at a pistol range he was working at and starting working for him soon after visiting the P.I.’s office.
“As soon as I walked into the lab, I fell in love,” he said. “I knew that’s where I wanted to work.”
Soon after he met with the feds in 2003, however, he took their advice and sought counsel of his own, signing on as a cooperative witness the day he testified before the grand jury.