It is reported that Michael Jackson's lawyer, Thomas A. Mesereau Jr., has been fined $18,950 on Friday for "unprofessional conduct".
I appears that, amongst other things, he insulted his opponent during a jailhouse deposition of actor Robert Blake (star of Baretta) in 2003. I always thought that lawyers were polite to each other!
If you want to read up on the Blake trial, then visit The Robert Blake Murder Case.
Mesereau was then defending Blake, who had been charged with soliciting two former stuntmen to kill his wife; it is alleged that they refused, so he did it himself.
The Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge, David M. Schacter, noted that Mesereau had "thwarted the purposes of discovery" and had displayed "unprofessional conduct" during the deposition in 2003.
It seems that Judge Schacter does not like "theatrical performances" in the court room.
The judge fined Mesereau in favour of Eric Dubin, the attorney for the children of Blake's deceased wife.
It is understood that Mesereau will appeal the size of the fine.