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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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136.

Cindy    

Sting operations are not entrapment. Sound like we have a few pedophiles posting here.

2597 days ago
137.

pedophiles have small c**ks    

Seriously, think about it, these men must have small mangina's, and must only feel confident trying to stick it in someonw who does not know the difference between a decent sized one and their inadequate manhood! Cowards! Yes, Dateline at some point was going to come against this arguement, along with perverted justice in that no crime was actually committed, in that when you are charged with lewd and lucivious behavior to a minor, when there is no minor, there is no victim, and our constitution guarantee's the right to face our accusers in a court of law, if there is no accuser, no cross examination, you see the problem here, and unfortunately this will lead to the overturning of the sentences of many who are behind bars on these trumped up charges. So come on, we need to be smarter than these freaks, and develop laws that are strong enough to be challenged, or have a secret society that meets these freaks on their way to these meetings and castrates them...

2597 days ago
138.

who cares    

TO # 69 WHAT KIND OF ASS ARE YOU???THIS FREAK IS A PERVERT
HOPE YOU DONT HAVE KIDS YOU ARE AS SICK AS THE PERVERT DOCTOR

2597 days ago
139.

Angela    

He believes the charges will be dropped and he will win a lawsuit against Dateline NBC because he had the money to hire a top-notch lawyer! He is a PREDATOR (rich or not) and should be treated accordingly. Mr. Hanson, you deserve a life in prison where you will be on the other end of the stick. You are a parasite and you know it. Setup? What if it wasn't? You would have molested that child! Do us a favor: drop out of the gene-pool!

2597 days ago
140.

Lucille Weathersby    

I THANK THEY ARE DOING A GREAT JOB GETTING THOSE SICKOS OFF THE STREETS THEY ARE SUCKING THE LIFE OUT OF OUR CHILDREN TAKEING THERE LIFE AWAY FROM THEM I AM VERY PROUD OF DATELINE-AND AMERICANS MOST WANTED FOR WHAT THEY DO FOR OUR CHILDREN KEEP IT UP CHRIS HANSON-JOHN WALSH GET THERE SORRY ASS BEFORE THEY GET OUR CHILDREN........

2597 days ago
141.

Ann Norris    

His money will probably get him off...They ought to paint a BIG RED P on him. He's a pervert.

2597 days ago
142.

Just me    

It was just a matter of time when one of these SICKOS tried to fight their way out of being caught. I hope NBC and Dateline keep going after these creeps. They got what they deserved and I hope they meet up with "bubba" in prison and see if they like it!!

2597 days ago
143.

DeeDee    

It is his own fault. He should not have been doing what he was doing. He is a child predadator and should be locked up. Perverted Justice is just calling needed attention to this horrific problem. Lock him up. Wish I could be on the jury.

2597 days ago
144.

Bill    

Him and his lawyer can deny all they want. Two things to keep in mind. #1. The video doesn't lie, it was him. #2. WHY WAS HE THERE?

2597 days ago
145.

Anonymous    

I also saw this episode as well as many other episodes of "To Catch a Preditor." I commend Chris Hansen and Dateline for exposing these sicko's and possibly scaring off other nut cases that may consider getting together with a child. Doctor or not, this guy belongs in jail. He didn't show up at the house without a reason. I hope his wife dumps him and he loses his medical license. Does the Doctor think just because he has money and a job of prestige that he is above the law or better than the other perverts that show up to molest children. Lock him up and the well known attorney just tarnished her reputation defending this low life.

2597 days ago
146.

BLT    

I've watched a few of these dateline specials, they are very professional and go by the letter of the law contacting the local police departments, this DR. is just sorry he got caught, he belongs in prison along with the rest of the sexual predators

2597 days ago
147.

Ed Swanson    

I saw the doctor get his come uppence also. One thing comes to mind with these stings, a state recently lowered the legal age of consent to 14 years old. Had the good doctor lived there, what would be the crime? Me I would just as soon, hang anyone that age trying to get into the panties of a 13 - 17 yr old or younger. One other thing, when it comes to monitoring this type of activity, do they prosecute underage, kids lying their age? I do agree the doctor deserves punishment. But to the liberals that are screaming about homeland security using the same electronic methods to catch a terrorist, how legal should the governments authority stretch?

2597 days ago
148.

Gloria Nwosu    

I'm so proud and pleased with NBC, Preverted Justice, Chris Hansen and all those who help to serve and protect this country's children. Finally we get to see hard working good people protecting our children. Thank you. Please don't stop your work. I'm overwhelmed with emotions of gratefulness for all the work done so far. You all have my support.

2597 days ago
149.

cfb expert    

lets all hope the doctor wins this case. if he wins maybe society will get lucky and he will find a legit 13 year old who isnt affiliated with dateline and hopefully that 13 year old will have a father that will execute this piece of trash and not only do society a favor but save all the money involved in trying to prosecute this lowlife worthless death deserving piece of trash.

2597 days ago
150.

Mark    

He is guilty, we all know that, BUT the police have to do this better.

The chain of custody of the records is laughable. Didja see the one where Hansen starts accusing a guy of the wrong stuff because he had the wrong chat log! Who's to say that something wasn't added by the third party company to make it easier to convict the guy?

If sworn officers don't handle the entire chain of custody of the evidence, it is way easy for these pervs to get off. No pun intended...

Lastly, don't these perv's watch cop shows? Never confess to the cops! Get a frickin' lawyer just kile Pervy McMoneybags here has done.

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