Dustin Diamond's Stabbing Trial Begins with a Strange Misstep by His Lawyer
The attorney, Thomas Alberti, was ordered to remove a message from his car window on Wednesday
Dustin Diamond‘s trial for allegedly stabbing a man began Wednesday in Wisconsin but it was his lawyer who was under the microscope first – getting scolded by the judge for a bizarre incident in the parking lot.
One of the cars in the lot had the words “Good luck to Dustin & Amanda” written on its back window, referring to the former Saved by the Bell star, 38, and his fiancée Amanda Schutz, who is also on trial.
Questioned by the judge, Diamond’s lawyer, Thomas Alberti, admitted it was his car, reports Milwaukee’s WTMJ radio.
Ozaukee County Judge Paul Malloy was furious. He gave Alberti five minutes to remove the message. “I’m telling you right now, any more shenanigans like that and you’ll find yourself in contempt faster than fast,” Malloy said.
Alberti admitted it was a mistake but told CBS 58: “They’re just good people. I want to put on a good defense for them. What they did wasn’t wrong. We’re going to prove that in court, and no more messages on cars. We’ll do it in the courtroom.”
Diamond was charged with reckless endangerment after a Christmas night altercation in which he allegedly stabbed a man.
The prosecution and defense painted different portraits Wednesday of what happened between Diamond and Schutz and another group of patrons at a bar in Port Washington, Wisconsin, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The prosecution claims Schutz was the aggressor, and that she shoved one of the patrons, which led to Diamond pull out a knife and stab Casey Smet.
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The defense claims the patrons were bothering Diamond by trying to take photos of him. Alberti said the stabbing was accidental and minor – less than 10 millimeters wide. “We’re here over a nick in a drunk guy’s shoulder,” he told the jury.
Diamond has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon. Schutz is charged with disorderly conduct.