Webster Sentencing Postponed so Court Can Review Documents

Nov 30, 2004  •  Post A Comment

A judge delayed the sentencing hearing for Steve Webster, the former VP of Publicity for FX, on Tuesday after deciding there was too much paperwork that needed to be reviewed before issuing an appropriate sentence.

Judge Norm Shapiro ordered the hearing to resume Jan. 4 in the Los Angeles Superior Court, giving the court sufficient time to read the large volume of documents submitted last week by the prosecution and the defense.

Mr. Webster pleaded no contest to one felony count of wiretapping on Aug. 5 for phoning into FX executives’ weekly conference calls for nearly three years after the company fired him.

Defense attorney Dave Scheper said his team is hopeful Mr. Webster will be granted probation, rather than the District Attorney’s recommended sentence of two years in state prison.

“The more time the judge takes to read the information, the more confident and hopeful we are that he will make the right decision,” Mr. Scheper said.

District Attorney Jeff McGrath said he was not opposed to probation as long as it followed the terms set forth by his office.

This is the second time the sentencing hearing has been moved. The original sentencing was set for Nov. 18.