Judges' Misuse of Contempt in Criminal Cases and Limits of Advocacy
27 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2019
Date Written: September 19, 2019
This article examines the conduct of Judge Julius Hoffman and the defense lawyers, William Kunztler and Leonard Weinglas, in the Chicago Eight Trial. The article presents lessons from the Chicago Eight Trial about the limits of a judge's contempt authority against defense lawyers in criminal matters, and how far a defense lawyer may go in advocating for a client without being liable for contempt of court.
Keywords: criminal procedure, judge, defense lawyer, contempt, contempt of court, zealous advocacy, Chicago Eight, Chicago Seven
JEL Classification: K14, K41
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