Monday, November 24, 2008

Terry Christensen Sentenced to Three Years in Pellicano Case

Joanna Lin writes in The Los Angeles Times:

A prominent Los Angeles attorney was sentenced today to three years in federal prison and fined $250,000 for conspiring with Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano to wiretap billionaire Kirk Kerkorian's former wife.

Terry Christensen, 67, also was ordered by U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer to three years on supervised release after his prison term. He will remain free pending an appeal.

Christensen was found guilty by a federal jury in August. The former Century City attorney was known for his hardball litigation tactics and represented the Las Vegas casino mogul in 2002 in a contentious child support battle that grabbed tabloid headlines.

Prosecutors said Christensen hired Pellicano to wiretap Kerkorian's former wife, Lisa Bonder Kerkorian, who was seeking $320,000 in monthly child support for her then-4-year-old daughter, to gain an edge in the high-stakes legal battle.

More here.


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