- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 14, 2010

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Howard K. Stern’s lawyer angrily accused a prosecutor Tuesday of encouraging perjury by a key witness at the Anna Nicole Smith drug conspiracy trial.

Defense attorney Steve Sadow was red-faced as he asked the judge to strike the entire testimony of Nadine Alexie, a former nanny for Smith.

“I’m considering it,” Superior Court Judge Robert Perry said without making a ruling.

The dispute involved testimony by Nadine Alexie that she had taught her sister-in-law Quethlie Alexie to recognize Stern’s name on prescription bottles, even though Quethlie Alexie reads no English.

Sadow suggested prosecutor Renee Rose had encouraged Nadine Alexie to fabricate the story to explain her sister-in law’s statements on the witness stand that she had seen Stern’s name on the bottles.

When the judge left the bench, Sadow shouted at Rose: “In my whole career I’ve never seen a prosecutor do a stunt like that. You ought to look in the mirror and think about what you’re doing. It’s outrageous.”

Rose did not respond to the accusation.

Asked later if Rose would have a comment, district attorney’s spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said, “Whatever statement she has she will be making in court.”

Before Sadow spoke, Perry dismissed jurors from the courtroom and appeared to predict what Sadow was going to say.

“Let’s take a deep breath before we go on,” Perry said. “I don’t want to say something I will regret, so I’m not saying anything.”

He urged Sadow to consider doing the same, but the lawyer said he felt he had to speak.

“That was suborned perjury,” Sadow said, using the legal term for encouraging a witness to lie. “The people know this is perjurious testimony.”

The uproar came after former nanny Quethlie Alexie concluded three days on the witness stand. Under questioning by defense lawyer Brad Brunon about her literacy in English, Quethlie said through a Creole interpreter that she could not read or write English, even though she could speak it.

Brunon took her through an English language affidavit she had signed trying to determine her skill. She said she couldn’t read the document but had signed it anyway after it was read to her.

Earlier, she had testified she saw pill bottles of medicine in Smith’s home and read Stern’s name on many of them.

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