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Criminal – Guilty Plea Hearing – Contempt – Tardy Lawyer Appearance (access required)

The 4th Circuit reverses a lawyer’s contempt conviction under 18 U.S.C. § 401(3) for his failure to appear in court on time for a plea hearing; the district court erred in imposing punishment in a summary proceeding without affording the lawyer notice or a meaningful opportunity to respond to the charges against him. Three times the ...

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