Judge Scolds 'Snickering' Attys In $30M Quincy Jones Trial

By Bonnie Eslinger (July 12, 2017, 10:30 PM EDT) -- A California judge on Wednesday interrupted the trial over music producer Quincy Jones' claims that Michael Jackson's production company wrongfully withheld $30 million in royalties, sending jurors out to admonish defense attorneys for "snickering, huddling and laughing" while Jones' music expert testified.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael L. Stern blasted attorneys for MJJ Productions Inc. for their conduct while entertainment attorney Scott Brisbin was on the stand opining about music industry contracts. Jones' suit alleges that after Jackson died in 2009, his company wrongfully withheld $30 million in royalties for production work Jones did on "Thriller" and two other top...

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