EXTORT LAWYER: "TRAVOLTA TRIED TO DESTROY MY CLIENT!"

Published on: May 24, 2010
EXTORT LAWYER: "TRAVOLTA TRIED TO DESTROY MY CLIENT!"

The lawyer for the man accused of extorting JOHN TRAVOLTA blames the actor for using his power and wealth to destroy the criminal defendant's life.

RadarOnline.com reports that Carlson Shurland, the lawyer for Bahamas ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne, who was charged trying to extort $25 million from Travolta, is having his life systemically ruined by Travolta.

"Obviously, the death of his son Jett was tragic but John Travolta and his lawyers have tried to destroy the lives of two innocent people in my opinion," Shurland charged in an interview.

 "The real issue was not one of extortion but whether John Travolta knew that his son was dead and tried to take him off the island without the appropriate government permits.

"When he couldn't fly off the island the body was taken to the hospital in Freeport and the focus on extortion is a distraction from that - to our knowledge no coroner's report or autopsy were ever done.

"Tarino believes in his innocence but the reality is that he is up against a person who has enormous resources afforded by power and privilege."

Lightbourne and co-defendant Sen. Pleasant Bridgewater's  first trial ended last October in a mistrial and the new case will be heard before Senior Supreme Court Justice Jon Isaacs in New Providence on September 6.

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