Court Stays Jail Sentence for Overscheduled Lawyer
Overscheduled California lawyer Tim Pori won’t have to report to jail this morning, thanks to a state appeals court.
The Court of Appeals stayed Pori’s five-day sentence to allow more time to consider arguments in the case, according to the Vacaville Reporter, KTVU.com and the San Francisco Chronicle. The sentence stems from a scheduling conflict.
Pori was found in contempt of court on Monday when he notified an Alameda County judge he wasn’t ready for a murder trial that day. Pori wanted a delay because he is focusing on another murder case scheduled for trial on April 30. The defendant in the second case, scheduled for trial in Solano County, has refused to waive his right to a speedy trial.
Alameda County Judge Carrie Panetta had imposed a $2,500 fine in addition to the five-day sentence.