Judge Denies Request By Ex-Police Officer In Wiretapping Case

A federal judge has denied a motion from a former Los Angeles police officer to dismiss a felony charge in a Hollywood wiretapping case involving indicted private investigator Anthony Pellicano.

In a ruling Tuesday, the judge said that attorneys for former police Sergeant Mark Arneson didn't prove federal prosecutors breached an agreement by indicting the officer for allegedly making false statements during a July 2003 meeting with authorities.

Arneson's attorneys argued that authorities were required to give their client notice if they intended to charge him with lying about anything said during the interview.

The judge said, however, investigators didn't have to oblige and Arneson's attorneys offered no evidence to back up their claims that an FBI agent's notes of the meeting were inaccurate.


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