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December 5, 2012
  United States v. Peoples - 4th Circuit
Headline: Contempt Charge Upheld for Cursing in Courtroom But Not for Arriving Late

Area of Law: Criminal

Issue(s) Presented: Whether evidence was sufficient to sustain a contempt charge where defendant's outburst about trial judge's handling of case occurred outside of the judge's presence and after court was adjourned.

Whether defendant's tardiness for first contempt trial was sufficient to sustain second summary contempt conviction.

Brief Summary: Robert Peoples was convicted of two separate contempt charges. The first charge arose from Peoples' expletive-laced outburst in the courtroom in front of a clerk and a court reporter. The second charge was initiated after Peoples arrived late for his first contempt trial.

Argument (if known): 9/21/2012

Date of Issued Opinion: 10/23/2012

Docket Number: Nos. 11-4963 and 11-4965

Decided: Affirmed in part; and reversed in part.

Counsel (if known): ARGUED: Parks N. Small, OFFICE OF THE FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER, Columbia, South Carolina, for Appellant.
Susan Zalkin Hitt, OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY, Columbia, South Carolina, for Appellee. ON BRIEF: Kimberly H. Albro, Research and Writing Specialist, Caroline Scrantom, Second Year Law Student, OFFICE OF THE FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER, Columbia, South Carolina, for Appellant. William N. Nettles, United States Attorney, Jane B. Taylor, Assistant United States Attorney, OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY, Columbia, South Carolina, for Appellee.

Author of Opinion: Judge Motz

Edited: 12/12/2012 at 10:21 AM by Media Alerts Moderator

    Posted By: Brian Graupner @ 12/05/2012 05:00 PM     4th Circuit  

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