Dish Network Corp. VP of programming Carolyn Crawford turned a courtroom into a circus when she caused a scene at a New York State Supreme Court trial between Dish and Cablevision Systems Corp.
Dish is accused of violating a 15-year programming deal with former Cablevision unit Voom HD, but that’s not the interesting part. On Tuesday, when the judge ordered Crawford to turn over her laptop, which may contain needed evidence for the case, she became furious and stormed out of court, but not before taking her anger out on someone.
The unfortunate target of Crawford’s rage was the father of Cablevision attorney Orin Snyder, of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Witnesses report that she shoved the 83-year-old man in the back and asked, “proud of your son?”
James Bennett, Morrison & Foerster partner and counsel for Dish, asked the judge if Crawford could return to court to apologize for her actions. She is expected to issue a mea culpa on Monday.
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