Judges' Misuse of Contempt in Criminal Cases and Limits of Advocacy

27 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2019

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Peter A. Joy

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law

Date Written: September 19, 2019

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Joy, Peter A., Judges' Misuse of Contempt in Criminal Cases and Limits of Advocacy (September 19, 2019). 50 Loyola University Chicago Law Journal 907 (2019), Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper 19-09-01, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3456968

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