Sparks fly as Bashara's defense attorneys get defensive

In less than a month, Bob Bashara will take the stand as he tries to get a new trial. On Wednesday, his new defense attorney questioned his old one.

Bob Bashara's former attorneys were back on the witness stand Friday as the man convicted of orchestrating his wife's murder pushes for a new trial.

His one-time legal team is now forced to defend themselves against Bashara's allegations that they failed to do their jobs and there were fireworks on Wednesday.

Bashara was convicted earlier this year of hiring a hitman to kill his wife, Jane, in January of 2012. Lillian Diallo represented Bashara during his trial, but he says she didn't do her job right.

"He was treated very fair - so he was very happy - except with the verdict," Diallo said. "I was not going to let anybody do anything that was going to cause him a burden - so that man was defended. Unfortunately
The verdict was what the verdict was but I will not and I have not been pushed around by a man and I was not going to start with Robert Bashara

"I was not going to let anybody do anything that was going to cause him a burden - so that man was defended - unfortunately the verdict was what the verdict was but I will not and I have not been pushed around by a man and I was not going to start with Robert Bashara."

Diallo defended her defense of Bashara but left no doubt that the relationship with her client was challenging.

"Mr. Bashara, who - no offense - thinks he's the smartest man in the room on the planet, thought he was going to tell me how to do something. As I explained, I'm a lawyer. I didn't get this standing on a street corner I got this going to school. So with all respect to Mr. Bashara he cannot tell me or dictate to me legally which way something should go."

Diallo admitting she walked out during a meeting with her client.

"I explained this to Mr. Bashara: something I do not believe in is slavery. I wasn't a fan of it when it was in effect, I was not going to be made a slave to Robert Bashara. I was going to defend Robert Bashara to the best of my ability."

Also on the stand was private investigator Joseph Bruce who said the court wasn't paying him so he wasn't able to track down other possible suspects to aid in Bashara's defense.

"The things that I wanted to do, I was handcuffed by the administration because I wasn't going to get paid," Bruce said.

It's all part of the effort to get a new trial for Bashara, who will take the stand when the hearing resumes October 14th. His new attorney says Bashara wants to testify.

"Just about every aspect of the case that was flawed and pretty much any aspect of the case that's asked of him.," Robert Ambrose said.

Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Lisa Lindsey, who tried his case when he was convicted, will be questioning Bashara.

"Prosecution's gonna have carte blanche with him to do you know what. I told him rule number one in this deal is rule number one - tell the truth," Ambrose said.

Watch Diallo's entire testimony in the video player below.


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