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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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571.

Trish    

I have something to say to # 37 - CHANGE THE CHANNEL! DUH! It's still a free world and with cable there are dozens of other channels to watch.

and to #44 - Are you an attorney? You sound like one. This was the one guy I remember the most from watching that show. But no one has mentioned the one thing that bothered me the most - well, before I heard he's trying to get off with a fancy lawyer. When he got to the house and exchanged small talk with the "13 yr old girl"; she went behind a screen to supposedly change her clothes to get into the hot tub. The camera followed the "doc" while he tried to pour himself a frozen drink from a pitcher. He spilled the whole thing and looked around for a towel to clean up - where did he head? BEHIND the screen where the girl was supposed to be changing!!! Mr. Innocent?? Right! To his surprize and thank God it wasn't a REAL 13 yr old girl behind the screen but a hiding place for the Dateline camera crew! What a disgusting pervert and if he gets off with all of us watching what we saw....this court system is in serious danger - not to mention the other "unprotected" kids that are being preyed upon every day on the internet and in the real world. And to think he's supposed to be a doctor. AGH! Hey, maybe he'll get the no nonsense judge that Paris Hilton got? Can we be so lucky? You do the crime - you do the time - for him I hope it's with a lot of big bad guys who have a special fancy for pervs - THEN he'll really get what he deserves.

2640 days ago
572.

Thank God for Chris Hansen    

Thank God for Chris Hansen devoting his time and energy to catch these perverts. This show has proved that these perverts are everywhere. I can't believe that this Doc's case is even being heard...the doc showed up at a house where a teenager was supposed to be with every intention of having sex. End of story...he's guilty and needs to go to prison for the rest of his life. There's no rehabilitating these sick bastards. And the real sad part is that I don't believe this was the first time "like they all say."

2640 days ago
573.

Mr Hand    

I hope he gets off.

2640 days ago
574.

stan    

number 12 if I clearly inform you my age (UNDER18)and you go on anyway infering sexual activity how is that intrapment? thats why we draw lines with the law, dumb ass retards and others cant understand and claim intrapment . No its out of bounds and some dont recognize boundries

2640 days ago
575.

Mr Hand    

Chris Hanson is a douche_bag. He seems like a bigger creep than the predators.

2640 days ago
576.

S. Bubba    

This once again proves justice is "green." There is an inherent bias in our system in favor of rich defendants. O.J., Robert Blake, and Dr. Wolin have two important things in common: they are all rich and therefore INNOCENT!

2640 days ago
577.

Suny5    

Would you want this sicko in charge of your medical care? He doesn't have any common sense. He deserves to have his medical license jerked.

2640 days ago
578.

stan    

410 I dont know what kind of country you envision but if you send pictures of your private parts, and think conversation with minors is protected. dream on !the clear problem is all of these are children and you must not have or had any kids to have your thought process,,,,

2640 days ago
579.

molested child    

He deserves to be raped so he knows what it feels like to have your soul taken from you. I hope he burns in hell.

2640 days ago
580.

chris    

Notice all the ones cackling "entrapment" in the comments are MEN. I fully believe most men are capable of this, if left to their own devices. The ones that don't do it are afraid of the law. I notice also besides whining about entrapment.. they are crying about how much MONEY dateline and PJ are making... Yep.. just like men, who cares about a child's life, who cares if someone gets raped. THEY are being denied the right to go whore around and debauch and someone else is making money.
Umm if most men would work on themselves inside and out.. you wouldn't need to resort to rape and molestation.
Oh and to do the brain trust who called the rest of us "bigots" for agreeing with Dateline and PJ?!?! Uhhh Okaaaaaay.. now we are BIGOTS because we hate child predators and sick bastards. Okeee dokey.
All the kids and women of the world should just submit to all your deranged garbage because its a "free" country right?
Get lost creeps...

But I am sure they'll be more of the parade of men crying entrapment here in a few

2640 days ago
581.

CAMERA NEWS    

WHAT MATTERS IS THAT THIS PERVE THINKS BECAUSE HES A ''DR'' HE'S ABOVE THE LAW. IT'S NOT ENTRAPMENT...IT'S US AGAINST THE PERVES!!!!!!!!!!!! HOWEVER, WE CATCH THEM DOESN'T MATTER!!!!!!!!

2640 days ago
582.

Mr Hand    

I think the people that proclaim his guilt the loudest are probably predators too.

2640 days ago
583.

chris    

Notice all the ones cackling "entrapment" in the comments are MEN. I fully believe most men are capable of this, if left to their own devices. The ones that don't do it are afraid of the law. I notice also besides whining about entrapment.. they are crying about how much MONEY dateline and PJ are making... Yep.. just like men, who cares about a child's life, who cares if someone gets raped. THEY are being denied the right to go whore around and debauch and someone else is making money.
Umm if most men would work on themselves inside and out.. you wouldn't need to resort to rape and molestation.
Oh and to do the brain trust who called the rest of us "bigots" for agreeing with Dateline and PJ?!?! Uhhh Okaaaaaay.. now we are BIGOTS because we hate child predators and sick bastards. Okeee dokey.
All the kids and women of the world should just submit to all your deranged garbage because its a "free" country right?
Get lost creeps...

But I am sure they'll be more of the parade of men crying entrapment here in a few

2640 days ago
584.

CAMERA NEWS    

YEAH TMZ... THANKS FOR FINALLY GETTING REAL NEWS ON HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PROUD OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!

2640 days ago
585.

Mr Hand    

#427 Kelly

You sound like a bitter little troll. Try washing your hair, shave your mustache, put on some perfume and a dress, then go get yourself laid.

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