Saturday, May 13, 2017

Judge Wants a “Yes or No” Answer. Lawyer Refuses, Gets $500 Fine

From the ABAJournal online:

A federal judge didn’t abuse his discretion when he imposed a $500 fine on an assistant public defender who refused to give a yes-or-no answer.

The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week upheld the fine imposed on William Hermesmeyer, the Houston Chronicle reports. The appeals court’s unpublished May 2 opinion is here (PDF).

U.S. District Judge John McBryde had demanded a yes-or-no answer after he asked Hermesmeyer to clarify his objections to a potential sentence. Hermesmeyer gave a one-sentence answer and, when pressed for more, replied, “Just what I said.”

You can read more here. You can access the Fifth Circuit’s unpublished opinion here.


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