Mistrial Looming in Anthony Pellicano Trial

The trial of former Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano on illegal wiretapping charges was just about to wind up. But the Government today decided to call a rebuttal witness to impeach the credibility of former police sergeant Mark Arneson, one of Pellicano's co-defendants, and it blew up in their face. The witness may now be charged with a crime and the Judge is considering a mistrial.

Allison Hope Weiner has been in the courtroom and writes up what happened for Huffington Post. For those of you who like good trial theater, this is it.

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    Whoops (none / 0) (#1)
    by myiq2xu on Fri Apr 25, 2008 at 05:42:09 PM EST
    there it is

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    by Nadai on Fri Apr 25, 2008 at 07:13:42 PM EST
    If the prosecution did such a lousy job vetting their own witness, you have to wonder how good the rest of their investigation was.

    This has mistrial all over it. (none / 0) (#3)
    by white n az on Fri Apr 25, 2008 at 07:58:17 PM EST
    I'm surprised that the judge didn't call for a mistrial after at least one of the jurors heard the prosecutor call out that he was going to charge one of the witnesses with perjury while the jurors were still heading out the door.

    There's so much reversible error I think - at least by reading the coverage on HuffPo which has been entertaining to say the least.