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To Catch A Predator -- Lights, Camera, Entrapment?

8/8/2007 5:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A high-powered celebrity lawyer representing a doctor accused of being a sexual predator went after "Dateline NBC" yesterday in a California courtroom.


Blair Berk, whose clients include Lindsay Lohan, Mel Gibson and Halle Berry, is currently representing Dr. Maurice Wolin, a prominent oncologist. The doctor was taken down by cops last year as "Dateline" cameras rolled. Prosecutors say Dr. Wolin made plans to have a sexual encounter with someone on the Internet who he thought was a 13-year-old girl. In fact, the person who was IMing Dr. Wolin was self-proclaimed "evil vigilante" Xavier Von Erck, founder of Perverted Justice.

In yesterday's preliminary hearing in Santa Rosa California, Berk grilled a cop whose department worked with Perverted Justice and "Dateline." Berk maintained that Perverted Justice got money for snagging alleged predators and therefore entrapped her client to make a buck. She claimed Perverted Justice illegally recorded conversations with her client and also said the chat logs could not be authenticated. The logs have not been admitted into evidence.

The cop who testified yesterday called the chat logs "extensive" and "extremely incriminating." In one exchange, the doctor allegedly asked to come over to her house, but added, "But you're under 18 and I'm over. We would have to be soo careful."

NBC rented the house that was used for the doctor's alleged sexual liaison.


Xavier Von Erck will testify when the prelim resumes next month. The judge will then decide whether to admit the critical logs into evidence and then determine if Dr. Wolin will stand trial.

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Lynn    

A perv, is a perv, is a perv

2448 days ago
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suritomkatfan    

This guy is soooo guilty its not even funny. I saw the episode. He's a perv. Lock em up forever!

2448 days ago
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davi    

I want to know who initiates the perverted justice chats. Is it the "minor" or the perv?
What Dateline did to the guy in Texas was disgraceful. The "perv" pretended to be a 19 year old and sent a fake picture from a magazine to the decoy. The date was never kept (because after all the middle aged man had pretended to be someone he was not).
The cops and Dateline went to the man's house, because in Texas one does not actually have to keep the date, only arrange it. The man committed suicide. Kinda harsh treatment for someone playing internet games.
It's only a matter of time before one of the guys they bust carries a gun, and there will be a hostage situation. Dateline doesn't care, more ratings.

2448 days ago
4.

Guilty    

I saw this episode, too. He called his wife and told her to bring a check to the police station (for bail), and that he'd explain later. One would think after he got busted on national TV he'd want to lay low, but no, there he is proclaiming he's innocent. Either he's really stupid or really, really stupid. Regardless, he's a pervert.

2448 days ago
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move over lutfi    

I saw this episode. This fool knew what he was doing. He acted like a baby throwing down his sunglasses and crying. He actually called his wife to bail him out and said he didn't do anything. Send him away to protect our daughters and sons.

2448 days ago
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Sonny    

And Lawyers wonder why the general public thinks their pieces of crap. I know she's just doing her "job"! But sometimes you HAVE to say "I'm not representing you, you make me sick"! Bastard!

2448 days ago
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Kelligilnc    

Hey Doctor or not you got caught! Time to pay the price.U have a SICK mind that needs to be punished. AND I AM SURE THIS WASN;t HE FIRST TIME LIKE THEY ALWAYS TRY TO SAY ON THE SHOW! Just the first time u got caught Doc!

2448 days ago
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CALLMEJULS    

We dont care about the particulars! This guys a deviant regardless of how they got him!

2448 days ago
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entrapment my ass    

This guy is disgusting. The more I watch this dateline show the more I realize how many disgusting, perverted, psychotic, pedophiles are out there. I hope he gets raped in prison.

2448 days ago
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anonymous    

He is still a pervert and everybody saw it. It's not Chris Hansens' fault when you show up to molest a child. I hope he loses everything he worked so hard for, all for being a freak pervert.

2448 days ago
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sicko    

This guy is a sicko and should be locked up forver! Plus his lawyer is even more sick. She must not have kids, because how could you defend a child predator !!!!!!!! They both are sick, sick, sick!!!

2448 days ago
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LaReina    

I doubt that a single one of the pervs caught on this show was innocent. Why were they there except to have sex with a 13- or 14-year-old? What a bunch of losers, and that includes the doc.

2448 days ago
13.

Geeze    

This man is such a moron, he tried to hook up with a child, he got busted, end of story. Lock him up and throw away the key......let some big dude in prison make him their bitch, he deserves it......what an ass.

2448 days ago
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Alec Baldwin    


Hey DOC!!!

"Don't do the crime if you can't do the time....noooooo.....don't do it!!"

This is like getting popped for DUI at a Check Point, and claiming entrapment. What a douch......

His family must be soooo proud.

2448 days ago
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FREAK-ON-A-LEASH    

Are you kidding me? The attorney represented LiLo?? What does that say about her credentials.... Also, goes to show if you have the money you can buy your way out of anything, even possibly molesting young kids. Sick!

2448 days ago
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