(AP) – A federal judge in Los Angeles has denied bond for private investigator Anthony Pellicano who is serving a 15-year prison term for bugging celebrities’ phones to get information for his clients. U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer rejected the defense motion Monday that could have freed the 68-year-old Pellicano pending an appeal. Pellicano, who is in a Texas prison, wasn’t at the hearing.
Defense attorney Steven Gruel said his client is indigent and suffers from a severe eye ailment. Federal prosecutors said Pellicano is a flight risk and a danger to society.
Pellicano was convicted at two trials on racketeering, conspiracy and wiretapping counts for digging up dirt for well-heeled clients to use in lawsuits, divorces and business disputes. His clients included comedian Chris Rock, while his targets included Sylvester Stallone.