Heidi Fleiss' Lawyers Want Trial Moved Out of Los Angeles Area
Jun. 24, 1995
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Attorneys for Heidi Fleiss asked that her federal tax evasion case be moved out of Los Angeles because publicity surrounding the so-called Hollywood Madam is an obstacle to a fair trial.
``It will likely be impossible to select an impartial jury within this district,'' Fleiss' lawyer Robert Bonner wrote in Friday's motion.
More than 80 percent of the 60 prospective jurors interviewed so far for Fleiss' federal trial said they knew of her or her conviction in state court in December for running a high-priced call-girl ring, Bonner said.
Fleiss was sentenced to three years in prison for the pandering convictions but is free on bail pending an appeal.
In federal court, Fleiss is charged with money laundering, tax evasion and lying on a bank loan application.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Alejandro Mayorkas predicted that U.S. District Judge Consuelo Marshall will deny the motion, allowing opening statements to begin next week.