Things are heating up over at a hearing today for Councilman Jack Kelly's defamation lawsuit against Paul Corbett, who he has accused of distributing fliers that damaged his 2007 re-election campaign.
Earlier this morning, Judge Albert Snite Jr. blew up at Corbett’s attorney C. Scott Shields after Shields tried to define the laws surrounding defamation during his opening remarks. Snite – who took issue with Shields’ definition and repeatedly tried to silence him from reading from the state's constitution-- halted proceedings and let out the jury, saying he wanted a sheriff’s deputy to take Shields into custody.
“I don’t care what you want to do. Be quiet. And stop smiling about this. You don’t think I’m serious,” Snite said to Shields.
Snite the stormed out of the courtroom, saying he would not continue until a deputy sheriff was present to take Shields into custody. Corbett reacted to the courtroom outburst by asking his lawyer: “Do I have time for a smoke?”