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Benchmarks: Defendant can’t force mistrial by smacking lawyer

Anthony “Naughty Tony” Montgomery expressed his dissatisfaction with the direction his carjacking trial was headed by socking his lawyer in full view of the jury. Even though Naughty Tony’s courtroom outburst probably went a long way in convincing the jury that he was a bad guy who needed to be put away, New Jersey courts have decided it was unnecessary for the trial judge to declare a mistrial.