Juror removed from Hollywood wiretap panel

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A juror has been removed in the federal wiretapping trial of Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano and a high-profile attorney.

The panel had to restart deliberations Thursday after an alternate joined the process just a day after the jury got the case.

U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer says the man was taken off the jury after lying about making remarks to other jurors about the severity of the charges against Pellicano and lawyer Terry Christensen.

Pellicano and Christensen are accused of recording phone conversations of Lisa Bonder Kerkorian, the former wife of billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian, in an effort to disprove her claims that the MGM mogul was the father of her young daughter.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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