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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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661.

Morgan0711    

Post #83 Graydon Carter (yeah, I'm a little behind...)

Total entrapment? How on earth do you figure??
Did PJ or Dateline contact Wolin and entice him into a conversation with an underaged girl? No. The predator makes the first contact.
Did PJ or Dateline steer the conversation towards the 13 yr olds bra size or tell Wolin to engage in a sexual conversation with this young girl? No.
Did Dateline pick Wolin up at his house and drive him to the house in Petaluma? No.

Maurice Wolin did all of these things HIMSELF. Because he had some free time he CHOSE to drive from Piedmont to Petaluma to meet a THIRTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL! If Dateline had not been there, what do you think would have happened? Do you really believe they'd sit around and chat!!?? Hell no. MW would have made his move, just as he said he would in his online conversation and he would have MOLESTED this girl he went to meet.

Dateline and PJ are providing an excellent service to society by stopping these perverted men from molesting untold children. Without them interceding there's no telling what would happen. Men have showed up with alcohol, guns and who knows what all else.

How DARE you say that this is entrapment! Clearly you don't have children or you'd be as outraged as everyone else on this board. Get a freakin' clue!

2594 days ago
662.

Puh-lease    

I saw that episode, and there is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that he was there to have sex with a 13-year-old girl. Even if the logs are disallowed, what the hell was he doing there, with a 13-year-old girl who he thought was alone? He's a pervert, no doubt about it in my opinion.

No one told him to talk with someone who he thought was an underage girl on the internet. No one told him to drive to a house and meet her when she was supposed to be alone. No one induced him to do anything he didn't want to do. He was completely in control of his actions at all times. He was not entrapped.

2594 days ago
663.

Angie    

For all of you who say they do it for the money...so what, they get money out of the deal, it still doesn't discount the facts that it performs a valuable service. Stop your need to enable these perverts to continue molesting children because it sounds like you defenders have a secret lives on the net you want to defend and protect.
As far as the posters who say its entrapment because the "underaged girls/boys" badger or entice the pervert. I suppose they also pay for the perverts gas and force them into their cars at gun point. Oh and they compell them to ask and go into detail about the sex acts they want done to them. Get real, these men engage in this behavior because they want to, some of them know they are doing wrong and make statements to show this yet they continue the conversation. To the best of my knowledge all chatrooms have a log off button and all cars only go places when driven there. So your arguements are ignorant, just like you. You are also enablers and it sounds like you also have a secret perverted internet life you are trying to protect.

2594 days ago
664.

Morgan0711    

Here's the definition of ENTRAPMENT for those of you that think PJ and Dateline are doing anything wrong:

ENTRAPMENT–noun
1. the luring by a law-enforcement agent of a person into committing a crime.
2. an act or process of entrapping.
3. a state of being entrapped.

All PJ does is go in to and monitor an adult-based chat room. It's the PREDATOR (aka pervert) that makes the first contact with the PJ decoy, NOT the other way around! So in reading the first definition above, PJ does NOT lure anyone into anything, they merely respond once their decoy has been contacted.

What the PREDATOR does from there is up to them and them alone. If some 13 yr old contacted me online, as soon as I knew they were underaged I'd back out of the conversation. I would never, EVER entertain the thought of going to meet them. That's the difference between the majority of us and those that are online SEEKING OUT young children.

Keep up the good work, PJ & Dateline! Go get 'em!

2594 days ago
665.

stopthepresses    

I would not want anyone who even posts a comment against what Dateline and Perverted Justice are doing within an inch of my daughter. They would be suspect themselves in my eyes. And yes, I keep a damn good eye on her!!! I was abused myself as a child and I hate nothing more than a damn sick pervert!!! I hope he rots in hell, and anybody that supports him can rot as well. You damn sickos that can't get laid in a normal fashion - go pay for it and leave our kids alone!! If anyone ever touches my kids, they won't have to wait for a trial, damn, horny, sick bastards!!

2594 days ago
666.

white trash america    

to: ANON - #331...

oh shut up! you're just a pedophile trying to come up with excuses. you know exactly what they *DID*...

- they 'engaged' in dirty talk with what they 'thought' were minors...
- they 'went' to the minor's house in hopes of doing goodness knows what...

they *DID* enough to PROVE THEY ARE PREDATORY PEDOPHILES.

2593 days ago
667.

edda boy    

The "Catch a Predator" is entrapment. It is like grass - if it is there, we will probably use it. If it is not there, then, no crime will be committed.

2593 days ago
668.

white trash america    

to: #343 -perv...

you PERVS are ALWAYS trying to 'JUSTIFY' your PERVINESS aren't you? why not just date/have sex with a 'WOMAN' of consenting age?

the 'REASON' women married earlier in years past was because life expectancy was so much shorter. DUH. back then, people would be 'dead' at the age they are now getting married at - so if they didn't marry & procreate early, the human race would have slowly disappeared.

since that is no longer an issue by a long-shot, 'MEN' who 'CHOOSE' to sleep with little girls are just 'PERVS' who can't have a 'NORMAL' relationship with a 'REAL' woman.

2593 days ago
669.

white trash america    

to #352 & the REST OF YOU PERVS...

he *ACTED* by CHATTING online & then GOING to the house.

case closed.

2593 days ago
670.

white trash america    

to: #357 - RON...

oh yeah, you're absolutely right!! that makes total 'sense'... following that thread of thought, let's STOP paying our police officers too! i mean by PAYING them to stop crime, they are out there just entrapping everyone too, right?

2593 days ago
671.

Rachael    

Some people commenting on this post have some serious misconceptions on exactly what constitutes "entrapment." What "Predator" participants did is NOT entrapment. In order to be entrapment, the defendant must NOT be predisposed to commit the crime, and this would not have done it, but for the police action. In the doctors case here, HE made the initial contact with the people pretending to be little girls. The Perverted Justice people don't make first contact. The perverts do. That makes them predisposed to commit the crime, and thus "Predator" is clearly NOT entrapment. The sickos on that show are trawling around on the internet looking for underage girls (and boys). Its not entrapment.

2593 days ago
672.

white trash america    

to: whatmannerofsociety...

what manner of society is right when a stupid a$$h@le like you is running about talking trash. you should be ashamed of yourself. i'm sure your parents already are (if they aren't as dumb as you are anyway)...

2593 days ago
673.

The King    

underage sex with minors is a real hot button issue, therfore, emotions tend to skew the legal perception as has been done with this program. I wouldnt be a bit surprised to see all of these cases tossed, and a class action suit filed against NBC. However, this program has raised awareness which is the best defense against any predator.

2593 days ago
674.

yoanna    

DIE PERVERT S DIE

2593 days ago
675.

Debbie Mad as HELL!!!!    

For everyone felt this is entrapment is a FOOL!!!!! These prevs knew the children was 12-14 years old. They also new Dateline NBC be doing shows like this in the past and still showed up to have sex with a child. Prevs only feel exicted when they doing something they know they not supposed to be doing. They knew coming to have sex with a minor was aganist the law, but show up anyway. I glad Dateline keep doing shows like this. I don't care if they do it everday, all year. It will never be enough. This is the same for men who date or marry women with children only to (Rape) molest them. For all fell this show is useless is probaly a prev themselves. #37 and #44 have major issues. Furture or already sex preverts in the closet. Dateline NBC and Chris keep on with shows like this. There will never be enough. I bet you in the year of 2010 MEN (prevs) will still show up in the house on Dateline NBC. DUMB AS PREVERTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2592 days ago
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