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Tue June 25, 2013
Arkansas Lawyer Wants $25K Contempt Fine Tossed
A lawyer for a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter is asking a judge to vacate a $25,000 contempt of court fine he was assessed at the end of a mistrial this past weekend.
Attorney Bill James said in court papers Monday that the contempt citation was improperly imposed by Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen.
James argues that he wasn't given a hearing before being cited, which he says is unconstitutional.
He also argues that state law bars the court from making the citation on a Sunday.
Court was in session Sunday for the second day of jury deliberations in Josh Hastings' trial.
Jurors could not reach a verdict.
Hastings is accused of fatally shooting a 15-year-old burglary suspect. A retrial is set for September.