Phil Spector's lawyer, Dorian Weinberg, attempted one of the most bizare courtroom antics as he deliberately tried to confuse star witness, Adriano De Souza. In what would amount to an awkward moment, DW asked Mr DeSouza: "You really didn't hear Phllip Spector say 'I think I killed someone'?".
AD: "YES I did".
DW: (Turning his back to witness and in a low tone) mumbled something to the witness. The judge said please don't turn your back on the witness when asking a question.The Court Reporter can't even hear you. She nods her head in agreement.
DW stated he was merely speaking in the same tone as Mr Spector did that night.
To the amazement of everyone DW Once again MUMBLES another question and it's way too obvious to everyone.
AJ: OBJECTION He is Mumbling again!!
The Judge tells the jury to go to lunch recess, jurors excused.
Attorneys stay present and DW immediately accuses Mr Jackson of getting away with theatrics, so why not him?
Judge: Mr Weinberg, it is my duty to not let the jury be confused and that is what you are doing.
DW: Shoulder shrug, face contorts, Mr Weinberg rolls his eyes
Judge: And no more rolling your eyes at me when I make a ruling you don't like.
Lunch break. Joe Friday thinks the judge is REALLY pissed at Mr. Weinberg.
Court In session w/o Jury
DW makes a statement to the affect that he felt he was dressed down by the judge in front of the jury . He makes a motion for mistrial.
Later during recess, I overhear one spectator lawyer say that was one of the strangest things he had ever seen a defense lawyer or for that matter, any lawyer attempt.
This is one strange case, as DW spars OVER & OVER with DeSouza, about the word "I think I killed someone". It must have been repeated 50 times to try and show language barriers from the Brazialian born limo driver, Adriano De Souza. DW persists about language, visas, being in the country legally. Blah, blah, blah...
DW: Do you speak Portuguese at Home only?
AD: Yes, unless an American is present and then we speak English.
A CONSTANT ATTACK ON THIS UNFORTUNATE LIMO DRIVER.
Finaly AJ redirects and as directed by the Judge, has Mr De Souza repeat gun demonstration from the previous day. Weinberg was supposed to do this but he obviously forgot. Hello, the door is OPEN to Alan Jackson.
AJ, brilliant as he is, directs the witness to stand not in the witness box, but right in FRONT of the Jury. The gun is scary looking. DW objects as to where AD is holding the gun.
DW: It is 2 degrees lower than yesterday.
Big deal. Then in another brilliant move, while AD was in front of the jury,
AJ to AD: Please repeat what Mr Spector said to you when he walked out the door with this gun in my hand.
AD looking directly at the jury: Mr Spector said, "I think I killed somebody"
AJ: Are you 100% sure?
AD: Yes, that is what he said.
DE SOUZA NEVER BACKS DOWN. NOT ONCE. HE NEVER FLINCHES. .
Score one for the Prosecution