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For a trial that boils down to a blow, the civil case against former Oakland Raiders linebacker Bill Romanowski is providing plenty of punch of its own. Several loud exchanges dotted the second day of trial, including a moment that led Romanowski’s Denver attorney, Jeffrey Springer, to tell the judge that the plaintiff’s attorney, James Brosnahan, made him “fearful.” Well, that’s what he said, anyway. Former Raiders tight end Marcus Williams is suing Romanowski for damages stemming from an Aug. 24, 2003, practice-field punch that broke his eye socket, allegedly caused brain damage and ultimately ended his career. Springer had Williams’ psychiatrist under cross-examination when he asked whether Williams’ marijuana use could have injured his brain. The good doctor said he never saw evidence that it could. Under redirect, Brosnahan walked slowly to Springer’s chair, grabbed it and leaned over his opponent. “So the statement by counsel that it was habitual has no legal merit!” he shouted. With the jury excused for the day, Springer complained to Alameda County Superior Court Judge Cecilia Castellanos. Brosnahan “came over to me and personalized the attack,” he said. “He directed his comments at me personally.” Castellanos told both attorneys not to go to each other’s table for the rest of the trial. “You need to respect each other’s physical space,” she said. She then scolded Brosnahan for telling the jury he “lived through the ’60s,” smelled but didn’t smoke marijuana and felt better when he did. Though the incident drew hearty chuckles from the jury, it was too personal, the judge said. “Everybody laughed, except for Mr. Springer,” Brosnahan said. “An attorney is not supposed to inject himself,” Castellanos said. “It was a bit over the top.”

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