Former Real Housewives of Orange County star, Lauri Peterson’s son, wants the Orange County Superior Court to dismiss attempted murder charges against him.
Joshua Waring claims that while he represented himself in his murder case, Costa Mesa Police Department secretly listened to his jailhouse phone conversations.
The motion filed, alleges outrageous misconduct. According to Josh’s new attorney, Joel Garson, the jailhouse recordings were done in violation of a court order. In addition, it violated Josh’s constitutional rights to a fair trial because it tipped off prosecutors to his defense strategy.
In 2016, Josh was charged with attempted murder in connection with a June 20, 2016 incident, in which he’s accused of shooting a 35-year-old man, then stealing a BMW SUV to flee the scene. The former reality star allegedly shot Daniel Lopez, in the lower torso, outside of a sober living residence. As reported, Waring and Lopez got into a confrontation at the sober home earlier that day, then he returned to the Costa Mesa location around 2:00 am, and shot Lopez. Luckily, the victim survived.
Orange County Superior Court Judge, Jonathan Fish, will hear arguments on February 13 on the motion to dismiss the case.
Initially, Josh was scheduled to stand trial on Dec. 5, 2016, but then Garson took over as his attorney and got the case dismissed. But prosecutors refiled the case and Josh was ordered to stand trial again. “This report was somehow ‘lost’ at CMPD until last Friday,” Garson said in his motion.
Garson said the detective working the case requested copies of Josh’s mail and calls from jail, starting “at least June 25, 2016, and continuing unabated until at least Feb. 8, 2017.”
Josh was representing himself legally during that time, Garson said. Garson acknowledged that he received copies of the recorded phone calls he could not open them on his computer.
And before he got the police report on Friday, Garson said he “did not realize that (the investigator) had been listening to telephone calls pertaining to defense strategy.”
Lauri Peterson appeared on The Real Housewives of Orange County from 2006 until 2008.
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