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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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631.

psxguy    

I watched this episode and hes guilty..wow if he gets off he bought his way out which hs trying o do so his wife dont clen him out and hopefully they nail him again..once a perv always a perv..when he was busted he says i want doing anything..then what the hell you doing there a housecall stupid!

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632.

Cu3rvo    

This guy is a freakin perv. Why would he go to the house?...that shows intent. Also, the 17% who voted that "Dateline NBC" went too far are most probably pedophiles who are angry beacuse they are being watched closely. How can this attorney sleep at night? I bet she wont let her kids near the doctor alone for 1 minute. What a circus..... tsk tsk. sad.... KUDOS to NBC for bringing these pervs out of their disgusting holes and busting their sorry asses on TV.

2632 days ago
633.

Vicky    

What kind of sicko lawyer would dare to represent someone like this, it's shameful.

2632 days ago
634.

Cincinnati here    

tmz - why do you edit comments?

2632 days ago
635.

Cu3rvo    

531. THIS SHOW SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN! REALITY GONE AWRY. YOU PUT A CAKE IN FRONT OF A FAT PERSON AND THEY'LL EVENTUALLY CHOMP ON IT!?!?? THIS SHOW IS FINDING TONS OF GUYS WHO ARE "ALLEGED PERVERTS." MEN ARE SEX HUNGRY -- PLAIN AND SIMPLE. IF YOU PUT ANY TYPE OF BAIT IN FRONT OF A MAN, THEY WILL GRAB IT IF GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY. IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT THEY ARE PERVERTS OR PEDOPHILES. LET'S ALL GROW UP AND STOP POINTING THE #$)#(*$#) FINGER AT EVERYBODY AND TRYING TO GET THE BAD GUY. EVERYONE HAS THEIR SECRETS AND THE PEOPLE WHO DENY IT ARE THE ONES WITH THE STACK OF PORNOGRAPHY HIDING IN THEIR CLOSETS.

Posted at 11:12AM on Aug 9th 2007 by Al Sanchez

DUDE, What are you thinking? They did not bring a naked 13 year old girl to this perv and placed her in front of him!!!! He went to a chat room to look. He was not baited, he went "fishing". Open your eyes man. I am a man, and I have needs too but not from a child.... I want a woman. Try it bro, you might like it.....

2632 days ago
636.

gingergirl    

Doctor or not, this pervert belongs in jail with all of the other perverts. Just because he's a doctor, he should get what the rabbi got.

2632 days ago
637.

Old School    

this sick frigging Doctor and NOW he's trying to save his name as if he didn't propersition a underage child. I agree he should be locked up and have the keys thrown away and the lawyer defending him should go to jail with him.

2632 days ago
638.

Romeodawg    

There's no disputing what he was there for - he was breaking the law and everyone agrees. The problem I have with To Catch a Predator is that they turn it into entertainment and make money off of it. It lives outside of our current system of justice, and we should all be concerned about any company that steps on our rights as citizens. I think the guys are wrong and should be punished or jailed because that's the law, but there is nothing to be gained from airing it on TV -- it is OBVIOUSLY not slowing them down, as they've all seen the show! What's next - airing executions? Live video feeds from prison? If it's ok to entrap and humiliate any criminal, then it must be ok to humiliate EVERY criminal. So let's have a show that interviews every single person that is brought into a police station every night -- there are plenty of hookers and drug dealers and people who urinate in public or drive drunk that I'm sure would make for fun TV as well. Is that the country you want to live in?

2632 days ago
639.

marc    

TO AJ BOLT:


GO SHOOT YOUR SELF, YOU PERV LOVER.. LOCK THIS PERV UP!

2632 days ago
640.

sick in seattle    

What part of emailing a little girl (especially when he has 2 of his own at home?!) AND then showing up to 'talk' with her after leaving work and driving nearly 2 hours isn't sick and thank god, illegeal. This show is the best thing I've seen in years...sadly, 'they' still come after 11 episodes they just can't stop showing up...
Doc...Piedmont is a VERY small community. I'd start packing and looking for a new wife-your life is OVER. THose creeps in jail LOVE men who try to prey on little girls....I'm sure you'll enjoy every minute of it!

2632 days ago
641.

death on a cracker    

I can never figure out who's more evil, politicians or Lawyers!

2632 days ago
642.

Tick    

I think that entrapment should be legal only when hunting child predators!!

The sad thing is out of 10 people my guess is that at least 7 of them have experienced some sort of sexual misconduct when they were young. It's very sad and the predator is stealing innocence and basically ruining a child's life before they even had a chance to live it. This should be the most important issue!!

Screw adult politics, protect the children first!

2632 days ago
643.

John Q.    

Eventually, everyone will be required to surf the Internet only under their real name and the FBI and other law enforcement will be able to track everyone without a warrant.

2632 days ago
644.

Intellectual barbarian    

I cant believe how many of you are so brainwashed by these barbaric media attempts to make you think that people out there doing these things are all "pervs". Get a grip on reality. I dont condone any actions by these people, but this is a behavior that is based on an impulisve personality and hardly has anything to do with "sex". SO before you go on ranting and making blanket statements like "...lock them up forever.." or " they should all be killed." take a minute to think for yourself and realize that the media is the one who is controlling the way you think. Wake up America- think for yourself.

2632 days ago
645.

Aryana    

Yes, a perv is a perv. And yes, they should all "go away". But this "show" is mainly about people showing up to meet someone met on the internet in a chat room. Here is where I have an issue... the kids parents should take the responsibility of monitoring their childrens activity online, as well as in real life. Would you let your child go and hang out at a local pub with a bunch of much-older adults so they could "chat"? I would hope not. But it's so easy to let them spend HOURS in the privacy of their own bedrooms, on the internet, chatting with whomever they like. I'm sorry to say, these kids aren't all perfect innocent angels online either. Have you seen some of the comments made by these "kids"? Have you seen the homepages some of these kids have created? Homepages showing their pictures, personal information, and even videos of themselves for everyone in cyberland to view? They don't even have to give their real ages. I know you have to be 16 to have a MySpace account, and the only thing a 13-year-old has to do when signing up for MySpace is type in that they are 16 or even older. Yes, there are perverts out there in cyberland. So why let your child have free access to "advertise" themselves out there? And why let them have access to all these chatrooms full of adults? Children need to be more closely supervised by their guardians when online. There is no rule that says a kid must reply to someone in a chatroom when asked "personal" questions. But sadly, many do. The internet can be a useful tool for learning, but it is only as useful as you allow it to be. Monitor you kids activities! Don't allow them to make websites where they can "advertise" themselves. Teach them to use the internet safely!

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