Queens Councilman Ruben Wills flew into a rage in court Monday — slamming his fists on the table and yelling at the top of his lungs — as a judge all but threw out his defense in his ongoing corruption trial.
The pol grew infuriated when Queens Supreme Court Judge Ira Margulis barred his lawyer from calling five witnesses, saying they were irrelevant to the case.
The two then continued bickering out of the presence of the jury, which has been hearing evidence since the beginning of this month that Wills allegedly misspent $30,000 in taxpayer funds by blowing it on personal expenses.
“You cannot speak. You have an attorney to speak for you,” Margulis told the fuming Democrat.
Wills retorted, “But you are preventing my attorney from making a case!”
Margulis then issued a stern warning, “One more outburst and I will hold you in contempt!”
“I’m not going to allow these witnesses,” Margulis said before he was interrupted by Wills, who bellowed, “How can do you do that?!” while banging his hands on the defense table.
Wills was admonished a second time for slamming a giant stack of papers on the table and muttering loudly after Margulis refused to postpone the trial so that defense could call witnesses who were unavailable Monday.
The judge eventually allowed one witness — Kim Newsom — to testify Monday afternoon but told O’Donnell, “You’re asking to produce witnesses to testify as to what is in your client’s mind. How can they do that?”
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