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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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emma    

Okay let me get this straight. This low life feels his rights were violated? How about all the innocent children that cannot fight for themselves? That cannot speak up? Arent their lives violated? Where are the lawyers to defend them?

2612 days ago
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suritomkatfan    

Those of you defending this guy, his Lawyer, our system because everyone is innocent til proven guilty, okay, I get it. But he is an adult, who showed up at a 13 y/o's house. I see no reason that any adult should show up at an unknown childs home ever! Period. There are certain things in our society that we cannot let happen. I am willing to sacrifice some of my liberties if it helps protect our children.

2612 days ago
108.

Drew    

I am not against what they are doing, but they should fully disclose how they go about it. Dateline is making millions for NBC and paying for the services of the "victims". I am glad to see the predetors get what they deserve but don't for a minute think that NBC or anyone involved is doing it for anything else but to make lots of money.

2612 days ago
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Ryuuku    

Well, I believe not only is this entrapment, the legality of the whole issue comes into question when a member of the media takes it upon himself to act as a stand-in for the law.

I've never liked this show, and the feelings it engenders. All the cries of "LOK IM UP FUR EVAR" and "A PERV IZ A PERV" sound like a lynch mob, or worse. This is 21st century, and all those convicted of a crime are innocent, something we should all remember. Unfortunately, in our society where we care more about the supposed "innocence" of children rather than the children themselves, the rash and derisive come easily, especially behind the semi-veil of anonymity that is the Internet.

2612 days ago
110.

Kim    

Doctor or not, it takes a sick bastard to get a woody over a 13 yr. old. He should be convicted and registered as a pedophile. Sickness

2612 days ago
111.

ckinnj    

Doctor, you are a pig!! Just because you got caught this time you blame others. You are the one who did this in the first place. I can't believe there is a lawyer who will defend you. They are pigs like you. Someone who preys on little girls should just be shot and be done with them.

2612 days ago
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emma    

The system does not work when it comes to convicting child molesters and rapist. The laws are not strict enough and this is why we need people to vote, we need dateline, we need all groups to go after these pedofiles. Im tired of people defending these predators instead of defending the poor children who are defenseless against these animals.. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS SOCIETY? PROTECT THE CHILDREN!

2612 days ago
113.

red22    

I feel this bastard is guilty as hell but the way he got caught is shady. Remember Perverted Justice (ie ex Audio Visual club members that were touched by a dirty uncle or garbage man) make the first contact in ADULT romance chat rooms.

2612 days ago
114.

Motherof2minors    

Entrapment? Hell, I'll send Dateline some money! LEAVE OUR BABIES ALONE!

2612 days ago
115.

AHMYSTIC    

If you talked to a "girl" on computer and she told you she was 13 then DOC YOU KNEW she was UNDER AGE therefore JERK you are as sick as they come now you are trying to say they entrapped you. GET OVER IT! you planned to meet this "13" year old and you PLANNED to have intercourse with her DO THE TIME YOU SICK PERVERTED CREEP! I wish they would give all of you sex offenders life that is what you deserve. SO DO YOU LORI ANN BASS (NC registered sex offender) 10 year old boys are not and can not be the best sex you ever had you sick BITCH!

2612 days ago
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Ryuuku    

Also, there will come a time where this show will be taken off the air. It is all ready fiercely under attack.

2612 days ago
117.

natralselektor    

The weak and the stupid WILL be weeded out. You have been forewarned. That goes for both the predator and the prey. If you monitor your children well, there are no predators.

2612 days ago
118.

Jon Smith    

People are innocent until proven guilty you fascists. These comments show you are the ignorant product of stupidly extreme reality TV. These products of our society should make every American shudder in disgust, this is not American, and this is not what we should be proud of. You perpetuate this filth, while glued to your idiot box

2612 days ago
119.

Bella    

"69. what happened to innocent until proven guilty. this show does nothing by entrap people. and it should be shut down. this is nothing but a lynch mob. let the man go to trial and let the system work. but for dateline and that other entity to entrap people is wrong. plain and symple

Posted at 3:08PM on Aug 8th 2007 by desiree ganby"

Desiree - you're an idiot. Clearly. Had he not be caught by PJ, he would have sexually molested a young girl. If the young girl ever had the guts to come forward, the doctor would make her look like a fool. Looks like they beat him at his own game.

They're not a lynch mob. They protect children. They stand in between monsters like him and innocent children.

I can't wait to wait to watch X skewer this guy on stand. He can kiss him medical license goodbye.

The hunter became hunted! Justice (perverted).

Sugarbella

2612 days ago
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Michele    

Entrapment or not, he still went to meet someone he thought was 13. We need to get rid of these preditors. Michele from Texas

2612 days ago
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