I’ve just been told that the trial of Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano and four co-defendants has been postponed for the fourth time. (I, too, thought it was being held way too close to Oscars…) Jury selection was set to begin on February 27th, but federal prosecutors and attorneys for 3 of Pellicano’s 4 co-defendants ex-LAPD Sgt. Mark Arneson, former SBC employee Rayford Earl Turner and businessman Abner Nicherie requested a week’s delay, which was granted by U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer. Pellicano, who is representing himself, and computer technician Kevin Kachikian opposed the delay. So jury selection begins on March 5th and about 300 potential jurors came into court today to fill out questionaires in advance of Voir Dire. Pellicano’s 5th co-defendant, bigwig entertainment attorney Terry Christensen, fought and won on Tuesday to be tried separately.
Meanwhile, Sylvester Stallone said this week he’s more than happy to testify at the trial for the feds against Pellicano who allegedly tapped his phone. “Why not? I don’t want to be left out.” I’ve already reported that Stallone and Garry Shandling, Paramount chief Brad Grey, Universal president/COO Ron Meyer, superlawyer Bert Fields (and seven partners from his Greenberg Glusker law firm), producer Chuck Roven, director John McTiernan, and Mike Ovitz have been subpoenaed as possible witnesses for the feds. Other Hollywood names on that list are billionaire Kirk Kerkorian; CAA partners Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane; producers Steve Bing, Bo Zenga, and Mark Burnett; actors Chris Rock, Keith Carradine, Kevin Nealon and Andrew Stevens; and former showbiz journalists Anita Busch and Bernie Weinraub.