Trials and Litigation

Contempt trifecta: Client and attorney are no-shows, shouting protester taken into custody


A bad day in a Florida bankruptcy court resulted in a contempt trifecta on Thursday morning.

The founder of RoboVault, Marvin Chaney, and his lawyer, Lawrence Wrenn, were cited for contempt by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John K. Olson after they were no-shows at a scheduled court hearing in Fort Lauderdale, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

But the matter wasn’t concluded yet. A protester was present, for unknown reasons, and the judge had him taken into custody on a criminal contempt charge, after what the newspaper described as a bizarre shouting match with Olson.

“This is a most unusual case,” said the judge as James Thomas McBride, still shouting, was removed in handcuffs.

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