Silver screen legend and National Rifle Association President Charlton Heston told a Philadelphia federal court jury yesterday that he stands by the remarks he made to the New York Times in July 1998 in which he accused an NRA member of staging a disruption at the group’s annual meeting.

During his hour of testimony, Heston drew an ever-increasing crowd of spectators, mostly law clerks and secretaries, as word spread through the building that “Moses” was on the witness stand in Senior U.S. District Judge Clarence C. Newcomer’s courtroom.

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