Nassau, Bahamas — Justice Anita Allen had to leave court Thursday afternon after Pleasant Bridgewater’s attorney Murrio Ducille and John Travolta’s Florida attorney Michael McDermott refused to “lower the temperature” after they got into a heated argument during cross examination after McDermott testified about the sting he had set up for the Bridgewater and Lightbourne. In fact, at one point Ducille accused Justice Allen of trying to muzzle him.
The fireworks got started when Ducille incorrectly pronounced McDermott’s name. McDermott told Ducille that his name was Irish, and correctly said it. Soon voices were raised as both men began commenting on questions and answers that we given. Tempers started flaring and Justice Allen told them, “Please! There is no need for this!”
Ducille eventually shouted at McDermott: “You sir, are an untruthful witness!”
“Maybe it was her [Pleasant Bridgewater] first extortion because that’s what she said!” McDermott defended himself.
“I am suggesting that you are the sergeant major in all of this,” Ducille said.
“My lady, would you please have him address me by my proper name?” McDermott asked of Justice Allen.
“You’re the leader in the orchestra!” Ducille told McDermott.
“There does not have to be any shouting in this courtroom” Justice Allen told them. “There should be no comments.”
“He started it!” Ducille said. “He’s a witness on whom reliance cannot be placed.”
McDermott stated that he did not agree with Ducille’s statement and again he and Ducille started going off at each other only to receive a stern warning from the Judge who grew increasingly annoyed.
“Take off your lawyer hat, you are a witness” Justice Allen had to remind McDermott before telling both he and Ducille to respect the court and each other.
Still the argument continued. Tarino Lightbourne’s attorney Carlson Shurland even got up at one point and angrily stated “Why is this witness arguing with the court?” He was then calmed by Ducille and sat down.
Justice Allen was so frustrated at one point that she put her hand to her head. Then in the middle of it all, she got up and went to her Chambers to allow everyone to calm down. The trial resumed Judge got frustrated and put her hand on her head at one point. Then had to recess to allow everyone to calm down. The trial resumed on Friday on a much calmer note. Justice Allen began the morning by warning all persons that the courtroom is not a theater and that she expects respect from those in court.
McDermott denied trying to as Ducille put it “sting” Bridgewater. He also denied coming to the Bahamas with “evil intentions in his heart”. He further stated that no threats were made against him personally, but rather Mr. Travolta.
The threats were made against mr. Travolta not me. Was not threatened by anyone. No. I love the Bahamas.