She related the June 2002 threat that prompted the Pellicano investigation: a fish and a rose left on her car, next to a note saying "Stop" and a bulletlike hole in her windshield. She told of phone trouble beginning that month, of learning that her D.S.L. service had been canceled without her knowledge and that large chunks of e-mail had been stolen, and of finding a virus on her computer.



On an August morning, she testified, two men in a Mercedes nearly ran her down. One put a finger to his lips, as if warning her to keep quiet, and then motioned with two fingers as if saying goodbye, before the driver sped off.



That November, she finally got the phone company to check her phones, and learned there had been a wiretap on her lines since June. "I was stunned," she said.

Ovitz said he did not direct Pellicano to intimidate Busch, and Pellicano's cross-examination implied the threats came from other subjects of her writing.