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Criminal – Contempt – Defense Lawyer – Calling Witness 'Liar' (access required)

A criminal defense lawyer who had been admonished against repeatedly referring to prosecution witnesses as "liars," and who used the term again during closing argument, is guilty of criminal contempt under 18 U.S.C. Sect. 401 and is sanctioned $2,500. The issue in this case is not whether it is proper for an attorney to describe ...

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