UK Judge Says He Doesn't Trust Tom Hicks

Hicks, George Gillett say they were swindled out of a football club

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012  |  Updated 12:23 PM CDT
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UK Judge Says He Doesn't Trust Tom Hicks

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Liverpool Co-Owner Tom Hicks gives a thumbs up prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on October 25, 2009 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tom Hicks

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A judge at London's High Court says he doesn't trust the Americans who used to own the Premier League club Liverpool as they pursue legal action over the forced sale of the club.

Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr. lost control of Liverpool in what they claimed was an "epic swindle" by club directors and a bank in Oct. 2010.

The parent company of the Boston Red Sox bought the 18-time English champions for 300 million pounds (then $476 million).

Judge Peter Smith told layers representing Hicks and Gillett: "I do not trust your clients," claiming they have demonstrated "if it suits them they will abuse the process."

Smith won't grant Hicks and Gillett full access to private documentation in the litigation over fears about "potential misconduct."

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