California Man Accused of Killing His Wife Gets Rebuke from Judge

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Oakland, Calif (AP) A Northern California judge says he will no longer tolerate the “condescending” attitude of a software programmer on trial for the murder of his wife.

Judge Larry Goodman called attorneys into his chamber after a morning in which Hans Reiser insisted on giving complex responses to yes-or-no questions. The judge says Reiser's demeanor on the witness stand, with rambling answers and objections, has been disrespectful to the court.

The 44-year-old Reiser is charged with murdering his estranged wife Nina although no body was ever found. She was last seen dropping off the couple's two children at Reiser's home in the Oakland hills in late 2006.

The defense has suggested she's still alive and living in her native Russia. The prosecution says she would never have left her children.