Angry Lawyer Shows No Signs of Illness

A defense lawyer yelled and pounded his fist on the table, prompting a scolding yesterday from the judge presiding over the murder trial of Phil Spector.

The trial had been delayed because of illness suffered by lawyer Bruce Cutler. But his voice was in fine form yesterday as he angrily accused a prosecution witness of adding details to her story after talking to police, according to a Los Angeles Times account.

“You formed an opinion!” he shouted.

Judge Larry Paul Fidler told Cutler to stop. “You will not point and yell at witnesses in my courtroom — ever!”

The witness, Dianne Ogden, said Spector held a gun to her head and threatened to shoot her when she visited his home for a party. Ogden was an assistant to Spector at the time.

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