The film director got some good news yesterday. The 9th U.S. Court Of Appeals has unanimously decided to send his case back to the U.S. District Court and thus laid the groundwork to enable action film director John McTiernan to possibly withdraw his guilty plea in the Pellicano case. You may recall that McTiernan lied to the FBI over hiring the ex-Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano to wiretap Chuck Roven, the producer of Rollerball which the director was helming at the time — only to have the G-Men play a recording of his incriminating conversation with Pellicano back to him. After McTiernan (Die Hard, The Hunt For Red October, Last Action Hero) was sentenced by federal judge Dale Fischer to four months in prison, he appealed the decision on the grounds his lawyer should have suppressed the recording recovered by the FBI from Pellicano’s computer. Now the appeals court has unanimously vacated his conviction and sent the case back to Fischer for an evidentiary hearing on the suppression issue.

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