Salem Witch's Prediction Comes True in Court
Judge grants protective order to 'psychic' Lori Bruno Sforza
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2015 11:33 AM CDT
Witch priestess Lori Sforza holds a certificate of baptism as she returns to her seat after testifying in district court Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Salem, Mass.   (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)
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(Newser) – A Salem witch has come out on top in a court battle with a warlock without the help of a single curse or spell. On Wednesday, a judge ruled New Orleans warlock Christian Day must give up all contact with 75-year-old Lori Bruno Sforza or face up to two and a half years in prison, per the Guardian. Sforza, who alleged Day was harassing her online and over the phone, said she wasn't at all surprised by the decision. After all, she's a self-described psychic and says she predicted the verdict. The judge said Sforza seemed "heartfelt and credible" as she described receiving harassing calls in the middle of the night after she quit working for Day—who runs a witch shop in Salem—and opened one of her own, per the Boston Globe. "He called me the C-word," she testified.

"On everything that is holy, I did not make those calls," Day said, then stormed out of the courtroom and promised to file an appeal. Earlier, he asked the judge to delay the hearing because his lawyer was sick and "throwing up on his suit." He said he found a lawyer in a courtroom hallway, though the man had just two hours to prepare. The lawyer argued Sforza was like Donald Trump—a public figure who could be ridiculed online. The judge agreed online comments are protected speech but said he was concerned by the calls. Day later admitted he'd been ordered to stop harassing other women in the past, but said there was no evidence linking him to the calls made to Sforza. "This is a business dispute and everything she said about me is a lie," he said. "When I have something to say, I say it to your face."