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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Chicago Lawyer Jailed: The Conclusion

Just a follow-up to a previous post about Chicago lawyer Allison Smith's being jailed for direct criminal contempt of court at Daley. The First District Appellate Court overturned her conviction. Thanks to a commenter for forwarding the decision.

The underlying message seemed to be that the trial court was wrong on a substantive ruling regarding the lawyer's Motion to Strike a trial date. This error is what caused the lawyer's outburst and was ostensibly the reason for her being jailed. The facts do seem to describe a distinct lack of civility on the part of the lawyer, but the Appellate Court seems in essence to say the lawyer had good reason for her feelings if not actions and therefore contempt is not appropriate...reversed and remanded.

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