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Judge can't levy monetary sanctions against lawyers (access required)

A court's inherent authority to supervise the conduct of attorneys does not extend to awarding attorneys' fees and costs as a sanction, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled earlier this month. Virginia Beach Circuit Judge Designate J. Warren Stephens awarded $52,739 in sanctions and found Robert C. Nusbaum in criminal contempt after concluding that "Mr. Nusbaum ...

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