Possible Pellicano Mistrial Haunts Courtroom as Testimony Winds Down
Having apparently run out of the tantalizing audio excerpts with which she's been sustaining our interest in the Anthony Pellicano trial, Allison Hope Weiner is testing a new kind of bombshell today over at The Huffington Post — and it's called "A Possible Mistrial." It's not as sexy as it sounds, but that's not to say it won't be eventually: A government witness testifying to have handled paperwork saying co-defendant Sgt. Mark Arneson was in bankruptcy — a claim he denied under oath — may have actually forged and filed the paperwork herself. Brilliant!
It's a loooong story, as Weiner writes, but let it suffice to say that the witness is waiting around to be advised of her Fifth Amendment rights, and Arneson's attorney doubts that his client's character can be restored as the trial winds down. We don't (or won't or can't) believe for a second that this is enough for an honest-to-God mistrial, but Weiner's the lawyer among us, so we defer to her — for now, anyway. We'll keep our fingers crossed and our eyes on it.