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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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Laura Wrzeski    

I am going to ask, not rhetorically, but genuinely of those who have disapproved of the TCAP/Perverted Justice persecution of men seeking sex with kids: DO YOU KNOW THE FACTS OF HOW FAR THESE GUYS WENT? DO YOU KNOW THEY MADE FIRST CONTACT? DID YOU READ CHAT LOGS? ARE YOU AWARE OF THE VISUAL PORNOGRAPHY THEY TRANSMITTED? And, most critically important, HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN MEN SHOWING UP WITH BOOZE, SEX PARAPHRENALIA, DRUGS, EVEN WEAPONS BEHIND THE BACKS OF "PARENTS' JUST LIKE THEMSELVES TO USE 'KIDS' JUST LIKE THEIR OWN FOR SEX?
Ok, I got a wee bit rhetorical there, but even the rants about rush to judgement and due process are senseless. What they did was not faked, was recorded for viewing and public judging. Legal judgement is for the courts, and they get the same due process I would. Whining about humiliation is amazing to me. CRIME is supposed to be humiliating, especially when you are caught in the act. Does this 17% think these stings would only be fair if they had a real, live kid and a sex act was performed by the adult? WHAT? Somebody make me understand this without falling back on the only explanation I can, that these sympathizers are either sex offenders or wannabees.

2504 days ago
692.

Wake>up    

I just have to say the whole story is not known to you, you see what tv let's you see. How do you know who enticed who. Let me tell you what happen to me....... was working for this company who hired a 17 year old girl who has a hugh chest and over flirtaous. While no other employess were around she rub her chest on me, pinch, slap my behind, etc etc . I was not impressed with it beacuse of her nature, she barely did her job and the other guys let her get away with it, but i had to pick up her slack and it pissed me off. Infact she even asked some of the other co-workers if i was gay, beacuse she couldn't get me going. While finnally i got fed up of picking up her slack. I made a complaint, and guess what I got fired. WHY YOU ASK. Simple beacuse i'm the male and of course her being underage they had to protect her. THE sad part is even though all other male co-workers knew how she was i was made to be the perv etc etc. HAD this been a reality show none of my words would of stood out as true, and only those of her's and the co-workers would be believed. But anyways the good news is i sued the company beacuse unknowing to her being a new employee that we have camera's set up all over the company. They 're tiny but there. Needless to say i won and i am now a happliy retired 30 year old from it. So if you don't know the whole story and your only going buy what the tv tells you, then you are as gulity as the child, because let me tell you ALOT OF TEENS KNOW WHAT THEY DOING ON PURPOSE!

2495 days ago
693.

Jeff    

Doc, I hope you go to jail where you belong,,, and maybe you can be someone's little girl to play with...In fact I use to be a guard, and remember prison isn't so bad, free room and board, free medical care.. alot of time to catch up on your reading. Make new friends... and shower with the boys.. Just remember don't drop the soap... Then again you might like it..

2491 days ago
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SCOTT A.    

HEY DOC AND ALL YOU PEDOPHILES OUT THERE. LET ME COIN A PHRASE FROM GRUMPY OLD MEN THE MOVIE. WHY DONT ALL OF YOU PEDOS. DO US ALL A FAVOR AND PULL YOUR LIPS OVER YOUR HEAD AND SWALLOW!!!

1289 days ago
695.

Lauren    

I think what this TV show is doing is wrong because it is entrapment.

1059 days ago
696.

Travis    

Im not saying this dude isnt a perv at all BUT y is it some of these dudes are getting locked away for ever for thinking of doing something and a woman teacher has sex with her underage student and she gets told you shouldnt have done that BULL****

1058 days ago
697.

Johnbrnc    

Yes I'm all for apprehending child molesters. What I am not for is NBC and Chris Hansen making a buck out of it and calling it entertainment.

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