Looks like I’m not the first to hear this rumor that Los Angeles Times itself may have hired Pellicano to do some work for the legal department in the past. (There’s even a name of who did the hiring being floated, though nothing about why.) But David Garcia, the LAT‘s director of media relations, was ready for my question and gave me this definitive statement this morning: “The Los Angeles Times, including its legal department, has never hired Anthony Pellicano ever. This includes in-house legal counsel as well as any outside legal counsel working on behalf of the Times.”

However, sources tell me that the LAT is playing “a semantics game.” Hmm…

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