Fields off the hook in spy case


Veteran entertainment attorney Bert Fields will not take the stand as a witness in the government's wiretapping and racketeering case against Anthony Pellicano and four others.

On Thursday, a spokesman for Fields said the attorney for co-defendant Mark Arneson decided not to call him after all. No explanation was given.

Arneson, a former LAPD sergeant, planned to call the attorney. Fields showed up to court twice this week to take the stand but was never called.

Retired FBI special agent Stanley Ornellas will resume his testimony today. Ornellas was the lead investigator in the case. The government claims Pellicano, Arneson and three others ran a criminal racket that included illegally wiretapping and running records searches on police computers for adversaries of clients.