Hollywood Director in Hot Water

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - "Die Hard" director John McTiernan will
have a chance to withdraw his guilty plea in a Hollywood
wiretapping case that got him sentenced to four months in federal
prison.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San
Francisco ordered a new hearing on McTiernan's motion, which a
judge rejected last year.

McTiernan, who's free on bail, pleaded guilty to charges of
lying to the FBI about his association with disgraced private eye
Anthony Pellicano.

Pellicano was convicted of bugging phones of celebrities and
others to get information for his clients.

McTiernan, who's admitted he paid Pellicano to conduct an
illegal wiretap, argued he had inadequate legal representation when
he made the plea.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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