With less than a month to go before Tabone and Smith are due back in court – Halloran has already been found guilty – Tabone still does not have a lawyer. His former counsel, Leo Ahern, is no longer on the case because he hasn't been paid for the work he has already put in.
And Tabone's other lawyer, Deborah Misir, has been ordered by her doctor to avoid stressful situations because she six months into a high-risk pregnancy. She is 43 years old and this is her first child.
It's understandable that representing Tabone in this bizarre case might qualify as a “stressful situation.”
So Misir asked for the trial to be delayed until next September, but that request was refused because Tabone and Smith are being tried together and Smith and his legal team are ready to appear in court on January 5.
Any delay was also opposed by Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, which is prosecuting the case.
That led to a bizarre outburst in a courtroom by Misir's husband, Grant Lally. If that name sounds familiar, it's because he just recently challenged – but ultimately lost to - Congressman Steve Israel in the last election.
“If Ayatollah Bharara wants to apply Sharia law in this court and this district, I am sorry, your honor, that’s unacceptable,” Lally told the judge in the case.
Misir also accused prosecutors of screaming at and insulting Misir during a phone call, which they vehemently denied.
Wow, we seriously cannot wait for the testimony to start coming out in this case. It hasn't even started yet, and it's already a circus.