The presiding judge pulled the plug on the live broadcast of Hosni Mubarak's trial Monday after lawyers shoved each other in a frenzied attempt to get on TV, the Associated Press reports. Judge Ahmed Rifaat says he's trying to "protect the public interest" in the case against the deposed Egyptian ruler, after what the Associated Press calls a "circus-like atmosphere" in the courtroom.
The Associated Press explains:
Lawyers for the victims' families bickered over their turns to address the judge and came close to exchanging blows with Mubarak supporters, all in front of the television cameras. Some among them just waved and smiled to the cameras."The decision is meant to stop the lust (that) people in the courtroom are showing for getting on television," said lawyer Mukhtar Noah, who represents the families of more than 200 victims. "It was not a political decision."
Typically composed and matter-of-fact, the judge at one point appeared to lose patience with the disorganized, motley crew of attorneys for the families of the more than 900 protesters who died in the 18-day uprising...Mubarak, who's being held in a military hospital, arrived by ambulance and, as in the first hearing, was wheeled into court on a hospital gurney with an intravenous drip. This time, he was dressed in a tracksuit instead of the standard white prison-issue uniform.