Monday, October 17, 2011

Contempt of (appellate) court

The Volokh blog points out the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands' decision holding a (now retired) lower-court judge in criminal contempt for reacting badly to a writ of mandamus. Footnote 6 of the appellate opinion points out the portions of Judge Kendall's opinion that got him in trouble; the appellate court also found that Kendall recused himself to obstruct justice.

The offensive remarks are well worth reading, since anything that gets a judge cited for contempt is ipso facto not appropriate in a brief.

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