May 15, 2005

Florida p.d. cleared of contempt

Remember our p.d. brother Thomas Mote?

Seems like the judge took it back:

A public defender jailed for two days after a judge found his behavior in contempt has been cleared of the charge by the same judge.

He got back his good name, but not before seeing it turned into a verb:

"If you keep that up," (an) Orange Circuit Judge... told a pair of arguing lawyers in his courtroom, "I'm going to Mote you."

More details from the Orlando Sentinel: Strange tale of courtroom conflict ends: Clash of courtroom personalities ends with a whimper.