August 23, 2016 Articles

Silly Lawyer Tricks V

Sharing lessons from across the country with our members, reporting real mistakes made by real appellate lawyers, frequently with disastrous results for their clients.

By Tom Donlon – August 23, 2016

The latest column in our continuing series on real mistakes and misdeeds by real lawyers (or wannabes) on appeal.

In re Crawford, No. B270705, 2016 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 3895 (May 24, 2016)
This case arises in an unusual posture—a decision finding contempt by counsel before an appellate court. The shocking facts set out in the opinion demonstrate that the ultimate imposition of only a fine—without the imprisonment that the state statute also authorized—can only be viewed as magnanimous.

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