Associated Press: Indicted Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano said Wednesday he acted as a “lone ranger” while gathering information for his A-list clients and did not lead a criminal enterprise as prosecutors have alleged at his racketeering trial.
Nikki Finke: So the trial that would not end is finally ending with closing arguments. Not much of a Hollywood angle to report, except for the lawyer for LAPD Sgt Mark Arneson, who is accused of doing all those illegal law enforcement database investigations. I’ve been reading the coverage – anxiously awaiting the verdict on this end!
L.A. Weekly: “The sheer Alexandrian inventory of charges precluded (prosecutor Daniel Saunders) from engaging in the kind of narrative-tweaking storytelling that might have brought the eight-week proceedings to more vivid life.
L.A. Times: After all the testimony about Anthony Pellicano — the industry titans who said he loyally helped them during troubled times, the harassed men and women who recalled being targeted at their most vulnerable times — a federal prosecutor, in arguments Tuesday, reduced him from a powerful private detective to a “very well-connected and very well-paid thug.”