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ATL CASE: Testy restart after attorney's surprise

Published:Monday | May 20, 2013 | 2:45 PM

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Prosecuting attorney, Gayle Nelson, this morning pulled a surprise that triggered a testy restart of the billion-dollar ATL Pension Fund fraud trial.

Nelson showed up at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court armed with a document setting out complaints about delaying tactics and the conduct of some senior defence attorneys in the trial.

Some of Nelson's colleagues on the prosecution team admitted they were not aware of the document.

The accusation drew the ire of defence attorneys, including K.D. Knight.

"I am making the strongest possible objection to this offensive piece of literature," defence attorney Frank Phipps complained.

"Mr Nelson must learn the ethics (of the legal profession) and practice them. He is out of order," fumed Knight.

The trial was allowed to proceed after presiding magistrate, Lorna Shelly-Williams, indicated that she would deal with the issue at the lunch break.

After a five-minute break just before lunch to allow the prosecution team time to confer, Nelson informed Shelly-Williams he would put the issue on hold for now.

However, the presiding magistrate made it clear she will not be hearing any more applications "unless it is in relation to what comes out in the witness box”.


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