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By United Press International

'Die Hard' director John McTiernan to serve a year in prison

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- "Die Hard" director John McTiernan will serve a one-year federal prison sentence for making false statements to the FBI, The Hollywood Reporter said.

McTiernan indicted for perjury

LOS ANGELES, April 17 (UPI) -- A federal grand jury in Los Angeles Friday indicted "Die Hard" director John McTiernan for allegedly making false statements to FBI investigators.
Pellicano sentenced to 15 years in prison

Pellicano sentenced to 15 years in prison

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Los Angeles Monday sentenced former celebrity private detective Anthony Pellicano to 15 years in prison.

Ex-agent faces prison for aiding Pellicano

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors say a former FBI agent faces sentencing for supplying confidential information to Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano.

Pellicano convicted in wiretapping case

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Private investigator Anthony Pellicano and lawyer Terry Christensen were convicted Friday in a Los Angeles court of conspiring to illegally wiretap a woman.

Kerkorian testifies in L.A. wiretap case

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian says he doesn't know if celebrity private investigator Anthony Pellicano illegally wiretapped his ex-wife.

Pellicano guilty in wiretapping case

LOS ANGELES, May 15 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles jury has found former private investigator Anthony Pellicano guilty of 76 federal charges, including illegal wiretapping and racketeering.
Pellicano makes closing remarks

Pellicano makes closing remarks

LOS ANGELES, May 1 (UPI) -- Anthony Pellicano, the Los Angeles private investigator on trial for wiretapping and racketeering, said Wednesday in closing remarks he was just doing his job.

Closing arguments begin in Pellicano trial

LOS ANGELES, April 29 (UPI) -- Closing arguments began Tuesday in the wiretapping trial of Anthony Pellicano, the Hollywood private eye accused of illegal bugging.

Mistrial threatened in Pellicano case

LOS ANGELES, April 27 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Los Angeles has threatened to rule a mistrial in the case of private investigator Anthony Pellicano after a recent court disruption.

Some charges dropped in Pellicano case

LOS ANGELES, April 10 (UPI) -- U.S. prosecutors in Los Angeles have dropped several charges against Anthony Pellicano, a private eye on trial for illegal wiretapping and racketeering.
Chris Rock testifies at Pellicano trial

Chris Rock testifies at Pellicano trial

LOS ANGELES, April 4 (UPI) -- U.S. comedian and actor Chris Rock testified at the illegal wiretapping and racketeering trial of private detective Anthony Pellicano Friday.

Carradine testifies in federal case

NEW YORK, March 29 (UPI) -- U.S. TV actor Keith Carradine has testified in a federal wire-tapping case against private investigator Anthony Pellicano.

Pellicano sued by Chicago couple

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A Chicago couple in prison for bilking the government are suing private investigator Anthony Pellicano for helping prosecutors build a case against them.
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Anthony Pellicano (born March 22, 1944, in Chicago, Illinois) is a former high-profile Los Angeles private investigator who recently served a sentence of three and a half years in federal prison for illegal possession of explosives, firearms and homemade grenades, and who was arrested on February 4, 2006, on unlawful wiretapping and racketeering charges.

On May 15th, 2008, after acting as his own lawyer and suffering a nine day jury deliberation, Pellicano was found guilty on 76 of 77 counts related to racketeering, along with four co-defendants. However, a parade of wealthy witnesses admitted they knew about, paid for and listened to wiretaps, but were not charged. They included Alec Gores, a billionaire corporate buyout specialist; Freddy DeMann, a music executive who was once Madonna’s manager; Adam D. Sender, a hedge fund manager and onetime movie investor; and Andrew Stevens, an actor turned movie producer. Summing up, the prosecuting attorney stated that he chose to attack the supply rather than the demand, the way that vice investigators attack pimps and prostitutes rather than johns, because “that’s how you make a dent in it.” The johns in this case were the likes of Bert Fields, Brad Grey, Ron Meyer, Michael Ovitz and Chris Rock, all of whom paid Pellicano for services rendered. “If the government has no plans to go higher than Pellicano, this is a depressingly pedestrian effort that shows a lack of ambition,” commented John C. Coffee , a professor at Columbia Law School and an expert on white-collar crime, as quoted in the NY Times story on the verdict.

In a subsequent six-week Federal Court trial, Pellicano was convicted of wiretapping and conspiracy to commit wiretapping. Facing 78 guilty counts,and not being allowed to co-serve his two convictions, Pellicano was sentenced in December 2008 to 15 additional years in prison, and ordered (with two other defendants) to forfeit $2 million.

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