The son of former "Real Housewives of Orange County" star Lauri Peterson will again represent himself in his attempted-murder case after alleging during a court hearing Tuesday that he can't be sure of the confidentiality of phone calls between himself and his former defense attorney.
Joshua Waring, 29, dismissed his attorney, Joel Garson, during the hearing and asked Orange County Superior Court Judge Jonathan Fish if he could represent himself because he suspects his phone calls from jail, including those to his attorney, are being recorded.
The request came about a month after Fish ruled that Orange County Jail personnel may not monitor any legal phone calls between Waring and Garson or read Waring's legal mail. Waring alleged Tuesday that county sheriff's deputies have ignored that order.
"I can't call (Garson) anymore because I have a suspicion they are recording my phone calls," Waring said.
Waring, who as a teenager appeared with his mother on the Bravo reality TV show "The Real Housewives of Orange County," is facing three counts of attempted murder and other felony and misdemeanor charges in connection with a shooting that injured a man at a former sober-living home on Babb Street in Costa Mesa in June 2016.
Waring, who has pleaded not guilty to all charges, could face multiple life prison sentences if convicted.
Fish granted Waring's request Tuesday but warned him that prosecutors who have decades of legal experience would likely overmatch him as the case progresses to trial.
"I'm astounded," Fish said. "You're starting to tread into some deep and difficult waters."
Garson requested in January that Fish dismiss the charges against Waring on the basis that law enforcement inappropriately monitored and recorded Waring's phone calls in jail while he was representing himself for about a month in 2016 and after he sought help from an attorney. He said information gleaned from the calls was provided to prosecutors. The calls should have been confidential, Garson said.
Garson has said Waring was being recorded from June 25, 2016, to at least Feb. 8, 2017.