Lawyer Terry Christensen, who is going to trial on federal wiretapping conspiracy charges, did not ask celebrity sleuth Anthony Pellicano to wiretap his opponents in a high-profile child support case, as federal prosecutors maintain, said Christensen’s lawyer, Patricia Glaser, in opening statements in the criminal case on Thursday.

In a packed Los Angeles courtroom, Glaser argued that her client was the victim. She said there is no evidence of the wiretapped calls in question and that, even if they did exist, Christensen knew nothing about them. In fact, she added, Christensen, who had never worked before with Pellicano, did not even know that Pellicano was secretly recording their phone conversations.

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