The Los Angeles County Superior Court judge presiding over the Michael Jackson wrongful-death suit admonished AEG Live's chief executive Monday to answer the questions from the Jackson family's attorney.
Randy Phillips, who attended two years of law school, was on the stand for the fourth day when Judge Yvette Palazuelos halted proceedings and sent jurors out of the courtroom. She turned to the witness. "Mr. Phillips," she said, "you need to answer the questions being asked without comments. Arguing with the lawyers isn't going to help. It really isn't."
The judge told Phillips she had expected his testimony to last only a day, "so try to answer the questions that are asked or we'll be here another week. We can't have that."
Monday was the 25th day of a trial that could last as long as four months.
Phillips, AEG Live's chief executive for 12 years, replied, "I'm just trying not to say the wrong thing.… But I understand the process better now."