The plaintiffs' lawyer, Neville L. Johnson of Johnson & Johnson LLP, said it is uncommon for respondents in anti-SLAPP motions to get sanctions.
Pellicano is now serving his sentence at the federal prison in Safford, Ariz., and Bureau of Prisons records say he is currently scheduled for release in 2019.
In December 2008, Pellicano was given a 15-year jail sentence for 76 counts of illegal wiretapping.
“Attorney-client conversations with his client were recorded, and we heard those tapes come out in the Pellicano trial,” Johnson said.
News gathering has placed the First Amendment rights of the media on a collision course with the privacy rights of individuals
Beverly Hills attorney Neville L. Johnson comments on International Privacy in World Media Law Report
Lescht secretly videotaped these conversations with a "hat cam," i.e., a small camera hidden in her hat;
Special Dedication in Privacy Torts to Neville L. Johnson in exposing some of the worst outrages of media newsgathering.
Champions of Justice Radio Show, KRLA 870 AM, August 2, 2008
Establishing Constitutional Malice for Defamation and Privacy, Hidden Cameras and Deception
Harvard Law Review, Vol. IV, No. 5, December 15, 1890