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Attorney Sentenced To Three Years In Pellicano Case

Posted by Bill on November 25, 2008

A prominent Los Angeles attorney was sentenced Monday 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.  See LA Times Story.  Christensen’s attorney argued for a sentence of confinement in Christensen’s Beverly Hills home.  Nice if you can get it.  The judge did not buy into this unique alternative sentencing, however.

Prosecutors said Christensen hired Pellicano to wiretap Kerkorian’s ex-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.

Remember professional investigators do not break the law to accomplish a job.  When you hire a private investigator you should emphasize that the investigator act in a legal and appropriate manner.  You do not want to go to jail, and you do not want to be in the headlines of the Washington Post.

Bill Lowrance
Attorney & Private Investigator
Lowrance Law LLC
McLean, VA

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A Dead Fish A Rose–Origin Of Pellicano Case

Posted by Bill on March 24, 2008

pellicano.jpg  On June 20, 2002, journalist Anita Busch found a note saying “Stop” taped to her car, a fish and a rose in a tin tray on the hood of her car and a bullet-like hole in the windshield.  This incident started the long series of events that led to the federal investigation and prosecution of Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano.

Ms. Busch will testify in the ongoing Pellicano trial, but she has given her first interview since 2002 to the New York Times.  Read the interesting story Click here NY Times.

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

Information Insights Inc.
McLean, VA

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Private Investigator For the Defense

Posted by Bill on December 21, 2007

justice   A Sterling, VA, man, Edward Brown, is charged with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of aggravated malicious wounding in the Jan. 26 shooting of Kevin Stottlemyer, 22.  Brown’s attorney, William Bassler, filed several motions, one such motion was to hire a private investigator.  Because Bassler is a court appointed attorney, the court must approve funding to hire a private investigator.  The court granted the request for the defense private investigator, but not until after the Commonwealth Attorney’s office objected to the defense hiring a private investigator.  See Winchester Star Article;

Frederick County Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Glenn R. Williams objected to the request for the defense to hire a private investigator saying that Bassler, Brown’s defense attorney, had not shown a need for a private investigator.

I don’t know the situation in this case, but I do know that the American Bar Association and Virginia’s Rules of Professional Conduct apply special rules of ethics to public prosecutors.  The Rules provide that the prosecutor’s primary goal is to seek justice, not convict.  The prosecutor must assure that the defendant is tried by fair procedures and that guilt is decided on proper and sufficient evidence.  It seems that the hiring of a private investigator for the defense would assist the defense and the prosecutor in getting a fair trial.  The Commonwealth Attorney’s office should not object to the defense asking the court to hire a private investigator without sufficient and specific reasons

I hope there was sufficient protection in this matter for the defendant to get a fair trial. 

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

president@piava.org

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Grifters? Bonnie/Clyde ID Thieves, ID Theft w/o Pretexting PI?

Posted by Bill on December 11, 2007

 Philadelphia college students, Jocelyn Kirsch and Edward Anderton, steal ID of neighbors.  State prosecuting for ID theft, burglary etc.   Ummmm, all this ID theft done without one pretext call by a Pretexting PI. 

I heard the federal government is thinking about investigation. 

See

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See also, Philadelphia Criminal Defense Lawyer Blog/

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

president@piava.org

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