The judge in the Conrad Black trial has been forced to intervene to defuse arguments between the media baron's lawyer and the man who accuses him of a conspiracy to defraud shareholders.
David Radler - who was Lord Black of Crossharbour's closest business partner for 38 years - was ordered yesterday to stop arguing back and told to stop "making speeches" as his testimony went into a fourth day. The snippy exchanges came as Edward Greenspan, Lord Black's attorney, forced Radler to admit that he had spent over two years and two dozen meetings lying to investigators who were examining whether he and Lord Black siphoned millions of dollars from the US media company they ran.
Radler changed his story and signed a plea bargain with Chicago prosecutors in 2005, agreeing a lenient 29-month jail term on one fraud charge in return for testifying against his lifelong business associate.
As Mr Greenspan read back parts of his earlier statement to investigators, Radler accused the lawyer of "manoeuvring all over the place" and being selective in his quotes. …