Former “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Lauri Peterson’s son is calling in phone experts to prove his rights were violated in his upcoming trial for attempted murder.
Josh Waring appeared in Orange County Superior Court on April 18 and April 23 in hopes of proving that police in the facility where he is currently being held violated his rights by monitoring and recording his phone calls despite a court order.
Peterson told Page Six on Wednesday that she testified on April 18 on her son’s behalf, saying that she and her ex-husband (Waring’s father) “had to get up and testify that we had knowledge that the information was privileged.”
“I was actually present in court when the judge read the order so I was very aware that the phone calls were to be unmonitored,” she added. “So [she and Josh] felt comfortable in coming up with different strategies and talking about what we were going to ask the prosecution witnesses. I researched cases for Josh. I prepared motions. I prepared briefs. I filed all of this information. So basically they wanted to know why was I doing this work for him. What was my capacity? They asked questions for almost three hours and it was more to try to embarrass me. I felt like their mission was really to try to embarrass me.”
She said that she was asked questions about her education and occupation and “they made it seem like who am I to be giving him advice.”
“It was just interesting that Josh had a superior court order and none of his phone calls were supposed to be monitored, but now we’re micro-focusing on something that was supposed to be confidential,” she said.
Then on April 23 she told us that “the defense called a witness from GTL, the phone service that monitors all the prison phone calls. The defense called to have the Orange County specialist come down and talk and they sent a person that only deals with Los Angeles — they sent the wrong person. So now this got contained another 30 days. Why 30 days? I’ll never know.”
She said that the district attorney’s office is still trying to transcribe the hours of phone calls that were monitored as well.
His next hearing is scheduled for May 15.
“The defense will call more witnesses but I don’t know who that is,” she told us.
Page Six previously reported that Waring, 30, was arrested in 2016 on attempted murder charges and has been in prison ever since, despite maintaining his innocence. He is currently in the midst of his second trial, as his first was ruled a mistrial after his right to a speedy trial was violated.
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