A revered Hollywood lawyer was sentenced to three years in jail on Monday (24Nov08) for his part in the wiretapping scheme involving the ex-wife of MGM studios mogul KIRK KERKORIAN.
Terry Christensen and Hollywood private detective Anthony Pellicano were both convicted of breaking the law to get their high-profile clients information they needed for legal assaults.
Pellicano was convicted of wiretapping and Christensen was found guilty of aiding and abetting a wiretap in August (08).
Christensen has been ordered to stay in prison for three years for recording the phone conversations of billionaire investor Kerkorian's ex-wife, Lisa Bonder Kerkorian, in an effort to disprove her claims that the businessman was the father of her daughter.
DNA tests later proved Steve Bing, dad of Elizabeth Hurley's son Damian, was the girl's biological father.
Christensen will also face three years probation and a $250,000 (GBP166,000) fine. He will remain free on $100,000 (GBP66,000) bond pending an appeal.
U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer told the court, "In a real sense, the legal community and justice are victims of this crime."
Pellicano was convicted of federal racketeering and other charges in May (08). He will be sentenced next month (Dec08).
Comedian Chris Rock and top Hollywood agent Michael Ovitz were among those who testified at the Pellicano trial, which began in February (08).
Both admitted to hiring the private detective but insisted they had no idea about his illegal practices.