A facade of politeness

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You just really got to wonder what these two men would say to each other if they weren’t bound by federal courtroom rules.

Joseph Duffy and witness Stuart Levine have been sparring for five days, over words, quotes, tapes, Math.


They each try to behave politely, ending their questions or answers with “yes sir,” and “no, sir.”
And when they disagree, they interject: “I’m very sorry, sir, I thought I was answering your question,” for example.
But you can read between the lines. They'd like to express themselves a little differently.

You also can’t help but wonder whether Levine is trying to be a little sarcastic while keeping a straight face.
One of his answers today: “That’s correct. It’s not correct,” Levine responded to Duffy.

Duffy has maintained control but also has raised his voice to Levine numerous times. It’s for effect.
At one point today, Levine paused before answering a question posed by Duffy, first asking him if Duffy were reading off a transcript in front of Levine.
Duffy mocked him: “No. So you won’t find the answer on that page."

Another point, Levine says:
"I’m very sorry Mr. Duffy, and I for clarity’s sake, you told me in this courtroom that you always wanted from me a complete ..." Duffy cuts off Levine and asks him to just answer the question.

Duffy also rebuffed Levine in this exchange earlier today:
“Mr. Duffy, may I ask you a question with regard to this RFP (request for proposal)?”
“You may not, sir,” Duffy answered forcefully. “You are not allowed to ask me questions.”
It's true. Levine is only supposed to answer what he's asked.

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Levine has convinced me he is not smart enough to pull this off himself. My 5 year old know 5% of 20 million. I understand Duffy wanting everyone to know what a dirt bag he is but making him look this stupid dosn't look good for his client. Who had to tie Levines shoes in the morning?

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Natasha Korecki

Natasha Korecki is the Federal Courts Reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, covering federal news, corruption investigations and trials.

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