Judge orders sound of silence from singer Paul Simon in court

Fri May 16, 2014 12:59pm EDT
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By Richard Weizel

NORWALK Conn. (Reuters) - Grammy Award-winning singer Paul Simon held hands with his wife, singer Edie Brickell, in court on Friday at a hearing in their disorderly conduct case stemming from a domestic dispute at their Connecticut home.

Two weeks before their 22nd wedding anniversary, Simon, 72, and Brickell, 48, made a brief appearance before Judge William Wenzel at Norwalk Superior Court, who denied their plea to keep cameras out of his courtroom but agreed to delay the proceeding until June 17.

Citing one of the couple's children - a 16-year-old son - defense attorney Andrew Bowman, who represents both singers, asked the judge to bar cameras from the hearing.

“Everyone who comes into this court is presumed innocent and our general policy is to allow open media access so I am overruling that request,” Wenzel said.

Simon, who stood holding hands with Brickell next to their lawyer at the podium facing the judge, began to speak to Wenzel, who interrupted him.

"Let your attorney speak," Wenzel said, silencing Simon.

"Is everything going OK?" the judge asked.

"Yes, your honor," Bowman said.   Continued...

Andrew Bowman (L), attorney for singer Edie Brickell (C) and her husband singer Paul Simon (L), speaks at the Norwalk Superior Court in Norwalk, Connecticut May 16, 2014.   REUTERS/Douglas Healey/Pool