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Supreme Court takes up another lawyer contempt case

The other shoe has dropped.

The Supreme Court of Virginia will hear the appeal of Norfolk lawyer Gordon Zedd, who was held in contempt for telling his client to stay home when a prosecutor agreed to continue a traffic case.

The high court last month agreed to take up the similar case of a Virginia Beach lawyer who also assumed that an agreed continuance was a done deal.  In that case, the lawyer as well as the client failed to show for court.

In both cases, former circuit Judge Charles D. Griffith Jr. noted that he had the final say on any continuance and found the lawyers in contempt.  The Court of Appeals upheld the contempt findings in both cases.

Zedd argues there was insufficient evidence that he had any intent to obstruct or interrupt the administration of justice.

By Peter Vieth

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