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Most of the players were the same, but the production was scaled back in the federal courtroom where opening statements took place Thursday in the wiretapping trial of former celebrity investigator Anthony Pellicano and veteran entertainment attorney Terry Christensen.

Pellicano already was found guilty on 78 charges ranging from running a criminal enterprise to wiretapping to possessing explosives; he now faces an additional charge of wiretapping and conspiracy to wiretap with former client Christensen.

Pellicano and Christensen worked together in 2002 when the attorney represented longtime client Kirk Kerkorian in a child- support dispute with the billionaire's ex-wife, Lisa Bonder Kerkorian.

Prosecutors said Christensen hired Pellicano to wiretap Bonder Kerkorian during the high-stakes case, which the attorney called "a war." Bonder Kerkorian wanted an increase in child support for then-4-year-old daughter Kira from $50,000 per month to $323,000 per month.

The trial is expected to last four weeks. Kerkorian, Bonder Kerkorian and Bing are among the witnesses expected to testify. (partialdiff)
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