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USA: scandal in the Trump trial: judge clears the room

USA: scandal in the Trump trial: judge clears the room

The witness’s behavior angered the judge so much that he promptly had the courtroom evacuated. He refuses to comment on his decisions.

There has been a scandal in the trial against former US President Donald Trump in connection with hush money payments to a porn star. Judge Juan Merchan exploded when questioning defense witness Robert Costello in New York because he appeared to question Merchan’s decisions. Costello, who was supposed to discredit key witness Michael Cohen, responded several times to questions to which Merchan had previously allowed the prosecution to object. The judge instructed the witness – Costello is a lawyer himself – that he was not allowed to answer in such cases. When the objection was approved, Costello then said “Jeesh” audibly – which can be translated as “Oh my God”. Merchan subsequently had the jury escorted out of the courtroom and told Trump ally Costello: “I want to talk about decorum in my courtroom.” He refuses to comment on his decisions.

As Costello continued to glare at the judge, Merchan blurted out, audibly annoyed, “Are you staring me down?” He then had the room cleared – with the help of loud and sharp instructions from the court staff. Journalists and observers were allowed to re-enter room 1530 after a few minutes and the questioning continued.

Source: Stern

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