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LOS ANGELES — Terry Christensen, the only lawyer indicted in the wiretapping probe of celebrity sleuth Anthony Pellicano, avoided a trial date later this month after a federal judge granted his requests to replace his lead counsel and sever the charges against him from those in the main case. Christensen, managing partner of Los Angeles-based Christensen, Glaser, Fink, Jacobs, Weil & Shapiro, was indicted on claims that he paid Pellicano more than $100,000 to wiretap the phone of Lisa Bonder Kerkorian, the ex-wife of his client, billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, during a high-profile paternity dispute four years ago. Trial is set for Feb. 27 . On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer, for the Central District of California, issued a ruling granting Christensen’s request to sever his case from the rest of the Pellicano trial. As part of his request, Christensen agreed to waive his right to a speedy trial. “We’ve been maintaining from the inception of the case that Mr. Christensen was mis-joined with the other defendants in the case,” said one of Christensen’s lawyers, Terree Bowers, a partner in the Los Angeles office of Howrey. He anticipated Christensen’s trial to begin sometime this summer. In a tentative ruling, Fischer also refused to grant a motion by federal prosecutors to disqualify Christensen’s lawyer, Patty Glaser, from the case. Glaser, a name partner at his firm, has agreed to testify as a potential witness in the case after receiving a government subpoena. Prosecutors filed the motion once Christensen sought to stay the case after replacing his original lead counsel, Dan Webb, chairman of Chicago’s Winston & Strawn, who could no longer represent him because of a scheduling conflict. Fischer denied the stay motion. In her disqualification ruling, Fischer requested a conflict waiver from Christensen. Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, for the Central District of California, declined to comment.

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