Trials & Litigaiton

Judge reverses contempt citation for prosecutor who was late to court


A Virginia prosecutor who was held in contempt and fined $250 for being late to court in Norfolk won a reversal on Friday after appealing the conviction.

Calling the case “unusual to say the least,” Circuit Judge Charles E. Poston reversed the Jan. 7 conviction of Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Catherine Paxson, the Virginian-Pilot reports.

A special prosecutor brought in to handle the case moved for the dismissal of the case, with prejudice, and Poston granted the motion during a hearing that lasted about 15 seconds, the newspaper says.

Court records show Paxson told a clerk in District Judge S. Clark Daugherty’s courtroom she had to attend to a circuit court matter prior to the tardiness that led to the contempt ruling.

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