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Celebrity private eye Anthony Pellicano anticipates being charged today in a wiretap case that’s widely expected to trigger indictments of other prominent Hollywood figures, including entertainment lawyers who were his frequent clients. “I’m flying down to L.A. to be in federal court Monday morning to hear whatever charges are unsealed, and to begin contesting the charges,” said Steven Gruel, the San Francisco attorney representing Pellicano. “I don’t know the nature or the scope of the charges,” Gruel added. Since Pellicano was indicted in 2002 for having illegal explosives in his office � the result of a case that began when he threatened a Los Angeles Times reporter working on a story about middle-aged martial artist Steven Seagal � his legal troubles have drawn media coverage the way his celebrity clients attract paparazzi. That’s because Pellicano gained a reputation as an enforcer and sleuth-for-hire for some of the most prominent actors and entertainment lawyers in Hollywood. Pellicano pleaded guilty to the explosives charges, and agreed to serve 30 months in prison. Since 2003, when he began serving that sentence � which was supposed to end Friday � federal prosecutors have embarked on a wide-ranging investigation into whether Pellicano used illegal wiretaps to gain information for clients, including the high-profile entertainment attorney Bertram Fields and several of his partners at Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman Machtinger & Kinsella. The prosecution took a big step forward last month when L.A. federal prosecutors unsealed guilty pleas from Pellicano’s ex-girlfriend and a former Beverly Hills cop who admitted to lying about Pellicano’s wiretaps. Lawyers for several Greenberg Glusker partners said they don’t expect their clients to be part of any indictment. John Keker, who is representing Fields, said Thursday he did not expect his client or Greenberg Glusker to be involved in the upcoming charges. Other attorneys familiar with the case say that Pellicano was so widely used that any number of lawyers could end up going down, provided the government can show they had knowledge of illegal activity. Peter Knecht, who represents the ex-girlfriend, Sandra Carradine, said his client will not testify against Pellicano. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Saunders, who is involved in the investigation, would not comment about today’s hearing. Another high-profile attorney who reportedly used Pellicano, Terry Christensen, said through his publicist that he won’t talk about the investigation. Christensen is a partner at L.A.’s Christensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil and Shapiro. Gruel said Friday that he got to know Pellicano in the mid-1990s, when the private eye was also a well-known expert on audiotapes and Gruel was an assistant U.S. attorney in San Francisco. Pellicano was called on to rebuff a criminal defendant’s post-trial claim that the FBI fabricated an audiotape used as evidence. “He was the best witness I’ve ever had,” Gruel said. “He was so unwavering in his presentation that it left no doubt he knew what he was talking about.”

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