Patterico's Pontifications

12/9/2008

Former FBI Agent Enters Guilty Plea for Illegally Accessing Documents Used in Pellicano Defense

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:56 am



Linda Fiorentino’s boyfriend Mark Rossini has pled guilty to illegally accessing government computers to obtain documents that were used in the defense of Anthony Pellicano.

The linked story is by Scott Glover of the L.A. Times, who did such a great job the other day of catching Pellicano’s attorney Michael Artan in an inconsistency regarding whether he knew who had sent him an FBI report used in Pellicano’s defense. A recent court filing (.pdf) makes clear that the document had been sent to Pellicano’s defense team by Fiorentino, who is described only as “X” in the document. It seems rather unlikely that Artan would have forgotten this.

The court filing in Rossini’s case lists some of the searches that Rossini did, in addition to the downloading of that report. Those searches include:

  • “Bert Fields and Proffer”;
  • “Ovitz and Los Angeles”;
  • “James Wiatt and Los Angles” [sic];
  • a search of an investigative file related to a leak in the Pellicano case;
  • “Marty Singer Los Angeles” and “Michael Ovitz”

As I told you last week, Marty Singer is someone against whom Linda Fiorentino had a special grudge. In my post, I linked a July 9, 2007 “Radar Online” article that said Rossini had boasted to friends that Fiorentino was helping him with his cases. The court document details that the government asked Rossini about that article, and he had falsely denied it in its entirety — a mistake that formed part of the basis of the charges against him.

There is no further reporting on whether Pellicano’s lawyer Artan — who received the FBI report from Fiorentino, and then apparently told the government he didn’t know where he had gotten it — is under any kind of investigation for making false statements to the federal government. If anything emerges regarding such an investigation, you read it here first. (The court document in Rossini’s case makes it clear that the document, which Pellicano’s lawyers claimed had been hidden from Pellicano, had in fact been previously shown to the judge, who had ruled it non-exculpatory.)

Interesting stuff. Stay tuned.

UPDATE 12-23-08: This is not an accusation leveled against Mr. Artan; it’s an observation that reportedly inconsistent statements sometimes trigger the interest of federal law enforcement authorities. More here.

7 Responses to “Former FBI Agent Enters Guilty Plea for Illegally Accessing Documents Used in Pellicano Defense”

  1. Scummy law enforcement and scummy lawyers? I would have never ……

    It is the reason why all Civil and Legal penalties should be automatically doubled for these individuals.

    People who work on the Public dole basically think they are above the law then go into the voting both and pull the trigger for pay raises and more benefits…..

    Problem is the parasite is slowly taking over the system and will eventually consume the host.

    Da'Shiznit (089453)

  2. Five misdemeanor charges….
    Well, now he’ll have time to go to law school.

    Another Drew (0c4ac4)

  3. “A recent court filing (.pdf) makes clear that the document had been sent to Pellicano’s defense team by Fiorentino, who is described only as “X” in the document.” In other words, Linda Fiorentino was ‘trafficking’ stolen goods?

    DCSCA (d8da01)

  4. So Linda Fiorentino’s BF got caught red-handed.

    There’s only one thing to say…

    ..GOTCHA!

    L.N. Smithee (9c1fce)

  5. Good to see you using the correct terminology, Pat. Although others might disagree about proper usage, writing tbat the the defendant pled guilty just sounds better than pleaded guilty, although the linked article used the latter term (not that I expect any better from the LAT).

    Leonardo DaFinchi (8c0a12)

  6. I wonder if the actress has learned her lines. This could get very interesting.

    Ropelight (5b609a)


Powered by WordPress.

Page loaded in: 0.2228 secs.