Peter Knecht

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Peter Leo Knecht (September 16, 1936 – October 3, 2014) was a criminal defense attorney from Los Angeles, California.[1]

During the course of his career, Knecht represented many Hollywood and music-biz celebrities, including David Crosby,[2] Anna Nicole Smith's former boyfriend Mark "Hollywood" Hatten; Jason Priestly.[3]

Knecht eventually moved to the defense side of the law, primarily through his affiliation with the law practice of Harry Weiss.[4]

Knecht appeared as a television analyst and consultant on criminal justice for major news outlets, including national CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX broadcasts, and locally for KCAL-TV-Channel 9 and KCOP-TV-Channel 13. He also appeared on Celebrity Justice and on CNN. His major cases have been featured on morning talk shows like The Today Show and Good Morning America.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Knecht was married to Ava Cadell from 1992 until his death in 2014.[citation needed]

He died on October 3, 2014, at his home in the Hollywood Hills from cancer.[5]


  1. ^ Noble, Kenneth B. (September 21, 1994). "State Calls Simpson's Ex-Wife Sole Target". New York Times. Retrieved December 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Rock Star David Crosby sentenced". The Daily Telegraph. September 22, 1982. Retrieved December 15, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Jason Priestly". Lodi News-Sentinel. July 26, 2001. Retrieved December 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ Toobin, Jeffrey (1997). The run of his life: the people v. O.J. Simpson. Simon & Schuster. pp. 161–163. ISBN 978-0-684-84278-3. Retrieved December 15, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Defense Attorney Peter Knecht, Who Boasted Celeb Clients, Loses Battle With Cancer". Variety. Retrieved October 4, 2014.