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Ex-Gizmondo exec trial: day one

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Los Angeles Times paints a vivid portrait of a courtroom scene seemingly cast to ease the transition into primetime TV drama.

The star of course, Bo Stefan Eriksson, the now infamous ex-Gizmondo exec, is squeezed into a tight blue suit. He's accompanied by Jim Parkman, the Alabama bred defense attorney who muses jurors with a "grand-mammy" saying: "No matter how thin you make a pancake, it still has two sides." Manicured Swedish interpreters relay the message to Eriksson who swivels in his chair, winking back at his wife.

Later, the prosecution calls its first witness. A banker with a thick British accent settles into the stand. Pushing his slipping spectacles back up, Mr. Hyett begins to recite the finer points of lease purchase agreements, licensing authorities, and registered introducers. Near the back of the courtroom, a family waiting for their lawyer dozes off.

They awake from a stir. The prosecution has just posted an enlarged copy of the Ferrari sales receipt, complete with a striking image of the exotic sports car. Murmurs ensue.

See also:
Former Gizmondo executive, two others linked to Swedish mafia
Former Gizmondo exec. involved in Ferrari Enzo crash
Gizmondo exec's Ferrari, before and after
Gizmondo exec's life continues to spiral into infamy
Ex-Gizmondo exec arrested, faces grand theft charges

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