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Judge Shows No Pity, Sends Abused Woman to Jail

Video of what occurred in a Seminole County courtroom has gone viral

(Newser) - A Florida woman reported being choked by the father of her son while she held the 1-year-old on April 2. The man served 16 days for simple battery—but she ended up in jail herself for three days. A now-viral video has surfaced well after it was shot in a... More »

US Judge Holds Argentina in Contempt of Court

Country's lawyers call finding 'completely absurd'

(Newser) - A New York judge has found Argentina in contempt of court for its open defiance of his orders regarding US hedge funds that hold Argentina bonds. Judge Thomas Griesa made the finding today at a Manhattan hearing. He reserved decision on sanctions pending further proceedings. Lawyers for the US hedge... More »

Judge Joe Brown Arrested in Memphis

Former TV judge taken out of juvenile court in handcuffs

(Newser) - Joe Brown was arrested in court today, but did political theater play a role? Brown—the former star of Judge Joe Brown, which was canceled last year—arrived at Juvenile Court in Memphis and shook hands to promote his run for district attorney, the Commercial Appeal reports. He then went... More »

Judge Forgives Teen Who Flipped Him Off

Penelope Soto won't have to serve 30 days

(Newser) - Remember Penelope Soto , the Florida teen who became so enraged at a judge's treatment of her that she flipped him the bird and dropped an f-bomb? All is forgiven, reports NBC Miami . Soto tearfully apologized to Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat yesterday, calling her behavior "irrational." Rodriguez-Chomat... More »

Disbarred Lawyer Jailed Over Penis Graffiti

He allegedly trashed former upscale office

(Newser) - Let's say you're a lawyer who's been disbarred and charged with four felonies for allegedly stealing from clients. Could you blacken your name any further? It's a tall order, but Dallas attorney Tom Corea may have managed it. Corea was sent back to jail this morning,... More »

Pakistan Indicts PM Gilani

Prime minister pleads not guilty to contempt charges

(Newser) - As expected , Pakistan's highest court charged Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani with contempt today as helicopters swirled overhead and riot police warily watched his arrival. Gilani pleaded not guilty to the charges, reports the BBC , which stem from his refusal to re-open corruption cases against President Asif Ali... More »

Pakistan PM May Face Contempt of Court

Conviction could end Gilani's tenure

(Newser) - Pakistan's Supreme Court is threatening the country's prime minister with contempt of court, ordering Yousuf Raza Gilani to attend a hearing on the matter after officials wouldn't reopen thousands of government corruption cases, CNN reports. "Ultimately it's the prime minister who is responsible for carrying... More »

Anthony Trial Spectator Jailed for Flipping the Bird

He gets 6 days in slammer

(Newser) - Giving a prosecutor in a high-profile murder trial the finger is a good way to end up in jail, restaurant server Matthew Bartlett found out yesterday. The 28-year-old courtroom spectator was plucked from his seat at the Casey Anthony trial, found guilty of contempt of court, and sentenced to six... More »

Juror Faces Jail for Friending Defendant

Woman guilty in UK's first contempt of court case involving Internet

(Newser) - A British juror who took empathy for the defendant a little too far may be going to jail for contempt of court. Joanna Fraill used Facebook to find and befriend a woman she had helped acquit on drug charges. Before the jury had reached a verdict on other defendants, the... More »

This Could Get LiLo More Jail

And it probably won't help that she called judge a 'b***h'

(Newser) - Lindsay Lohan’s “f*** u” fingernail message might have been a “joke” to her, but it could land the troubled actress in jail for even longer than her 90-day sentence. It was a “creative” and “outrageous” way to land a contempt of court charge, two public... More »

TV Pitchman Fights to Stay Out of Jail

Infomercial king held in contempt for sparking barrage of emails

(Newser) - Kevin Trudeau, the infomercial salesman, radio host, and author, is appealing a federal judge's order that he be jailed for contempt of court after telling followers to pepper the jurist with emails. The lawyer defending the contempt ruling argues that given modern technology, a judge’s computer can be considered... More »

Court Reprimands Young for Keeping Edwards Sex Tape

Former aide found in contempt of court, says he will comply

(Newser) - Former John Edwards aide Andrew Young and his wife, Cheri, have been found in contempt of court for not turning over a sex tape that shows Edwards and mistress Rielle Hunter. Hunter has sued for the return of the tape. The judge did not jail the Youngs, but demanded that... More »

Judge Jails Yawning Man for 6 Months

(Newser) - Make sure you've had a good night's sleep before going to court in Illinois. Clifton Williams, 33, went to support his cousin during a hearing on a felony drugs charge, but during the sentencing he stretched his arms and let out a loud, distracting yawn. His cousin got just two... More »

Palin's Husband, Aides Found in Contempt

State lawmakers slap wrists for ignoring Troopergate subpoenas

(Newser) - Alaska's Senate has voted to hold Todd Palin and nine of Sarah Palin's aides in contempt for not showing up to testify when subpoenaed in the Troopergate probe, reports the Anchorage Daily News. The resolution doesn’t call for any further punishment, because all 10 submitted written statements to investigators... More »

US Judge Busts Muslim Woman for Wearing Hijab

She's held in contempt for refusing to remove head covering

(Newser) - A Muslim woman was briefly jailed by a Georgia judge for refusing to take off her head-covering hijab in court, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The woman was arrested for contempt, and ordered held for 10 days—but was released after several hours. She had been in court with her nephew,... More »

Nifong Begins 1-Day Jail Sentence

DA in Duke lacrosse rape case reports to Durham lockup

(Newser) - Surrounded by a small crowd of supporters, ex-DA Mike Nifong entered the Durham County jail at 9 this morning to begin his 24-hour sentence. Nifong was found guilty last week of willfully deceiving the court. He declined to comment to reporters, the News & Observer reports, only locking hands with... More »

Duke Prosecutor Will Do One Day Behind Bars

Nifong sentenced to 24 hours for lying about evidence

(Newser) - Mike Nifong, the disgraced district attorney in the Duke rape case, will spend a night in jail for contempt of court, a Durham, NC, judge ruled yesterday. The judge concluded that Nifong, who has already been disbarred, "willfully" withheld DNA evidence that exonerated three lacrosse players accused of raping... More »

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