Pellicano loses faith in trial

Hollywood P.I. reveals despair in court

Anthony Pellicano “no longer has any belief in the fairness” of the government’s wiretapping and racketeering trial against him.

That was the revelation from the former Hollywood private eye in court Tuesday before he cross-examined FBI Special Agent Stan Ornellas, who was in charge of investigating Pellicano and searched his Sunset Boulevard offices during a raid in 2002.

It was one of several quirky remarks made throughout the day as the trial enters its eighth week. Judge Dale S. Fischer didn’t ask Pellicano to elaborate on the reasoning behind his statement, and neither did the prosecutors.

Whatever prompted him to make the comment, however, didn’t dissuade him from continuing to try to represent himself.

In a rare instance in which he asked an effective question, Pellicano was able to raise some doubt about Ornellas’ investigation on whether Pellicano ever wiretapped individuals for clients.

Ornellas had to respond, “No,” when asked whether he had ever “found evidence of wiretapping” at Pellicano’s offices upon two searches.

Ornellas described his research into Pellicano as a “historical criminal investigation,” because the criminal activity had already taken place once the FBI executed its search warrants.

Prosecutors have played only one audio recording as evidence of wiretapping, namely a conversation between Lisa and Tom Gores. That conversation was found on a CD at Pellicano’s agency by the FBI.

But Pellicano wondered how the FBI knew the call had been wiretapped. Ornellas simply said that neither of the Gores had given consent to have the call recorded.

Other audio played in court has consisted of telephone calls that Pellicano recorded himself on his own phones.

Meanwhile, other testimony focused in on Rayford Earl Turner, the former SBC and Pacific Bell staffer who allegedly supplied Pellicano with confidential telephone records on individuals.

Turner is not testifying in his own defense, but his attorney Mona Soo Hoo relied on former co-workers to show jurors how difficult it may have been for Turner to obtain the information.

Much of the testimony didn’t prove too effective, considering none of the co-workers knew what type of work Turner was providing Pellicano.

Soo Hoo also tried to raise doubt as to why Turner was paying Teresa Wright, another telephone company staffer, who has already testified that she provided Turner with private details that wound up in Pellicano’s hands.

The attorney tried to prove that the money perhaps went to Wright to cater Turner’s parties.

As Alphonse Arnold Jr., a gym buddy of Turner’s testified: Turner would “pay her to make her chicken dish, which was very nice.”

After a lengthy line of questioning, Berry Barnett, a longtime friend of Turner’s, turned to the judge and said, “This is no Judge Judy. It’s Perry Mason all the way up in here.”

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