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Los Angeles — A Los Angeles defense lawyer in the high-profile criminal case against private investigator Anthony Pellicano has installed new locks in his office and taken other security measures to ensure that certain documents remain confidential. Terree Bowers, a partner in Washington-based Howrey’s Los Angeles office who represents Terry Christensen, a lawyer indicted in the case, revealed the security measures last month while attempting to persuade federal prosecutors to produce additional documents under a protective order. Prosecutors have been hesitant to turn over those documents after details of other confidential information, released months earlier, showed up in articles in The New York Times. In June, U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer of the Central District of California ordered that a special master should oversee evidence in the case. She also said that prosecutors did not immediately have to produce additional documents under the protective order, but later unsealed search warrants against Pellicano. Bowers’ tighter security measures point to the extraordinary sensitivity surrounding the Pellicano case, which has drawn attention to some of the most high-profile lawyers and entertainment executives in Hollywood. “It’s a cross section of celebrities and attorneys and characters like Pellicano, so it generates a lot of media interest that goes beyond just the case itself,” Bowers said. “Because of the sensitivity of the information in much of the discovery, we’ve taken extra precautions in security.” Following the leaks In the case, federal prosecutors are looking into whether lawyers hired Pellicano to wiretap their opponents in litigation. In the main indictment, seven defendants have pleaded not guilty and await trial later this fall. Christensen, a partner at Christensen, Glaser, Fink, Jacobs, Weil & Shapiro of Los Angeles, is accused of paying at least $100,000 to Pellicano, who illegally wiretapped the phones of billionaire Kirk Kerkorian’s ex-wife, Lisa Bonder Kerkorian, in a child custody dispute. In April, Fischer issued a protective order in the case that included witness testimonies and investigative reports by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Weeks later, The New York Times published several articles citing those reports. The U.S. attorney’s office in San Diego has launched a separate investigation into who leaked the documents to The New York Times. So far, eight compact discs of documents and audio files have been turned over to defense lawyers, according to court papers. In his motion, Bowers said, “In order to ensure the protection of the discovery, Mr. Christensen and I have implemented tight security provisions. I have installed new locks in the rooms where the materials are kept at Howrey and Mr. Christensen has placed his materials in a locked room with restricted access as well.” Howrey spokeswoman Christine Till declined to comment specifically about the case. Bowers said that the Pellicano case is “somewhat unusual” because it includes so much information about people’s personal lives. He said that while Howrey always abides by protective orders, the judge suggested further precautionary measures be taken, such as having anyone outside the defense team sign the protective order as an additional precaution. He also said he added locks on his office, which had been unlocked. He said his client, Christensen, has put the discovery in a locked room as well. Christensen did not return calls seeking comment.

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