Intrigue Pre-Empts Planned Testimony At AT&T-DOJ Antitrust Trial [telecom]

by Dade Hayes

Instead of testimony from a Sling TV exec and Turner Broadcasting CEO John Martin, today's trial action was pre-empted this morning by a mysterious debate about emails, confidentiality and admissible evidence. It isn't clear when Martin will take the stand.

"I'm not sure what the consequences will be," said U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon, more than a little ominously, after a 90-minute delay opened Monday's action. As attorneys huddled and held a series of sidebar discussions at the judge's bench, white noise was piped into the courtroom, a standard (if Guantanamo Bay-like) tactic designed to prevent the 150 or so observers, including the press, from hearing any of the exchanges.

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