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Knoxville attorney acquitted of criminal contempt

January 5th, 2012 10:21 am by Staff Report

KNOXVILLE (AP) — A special judge hearing a contempt complaint against Knoxville attorney Herb Moncier has dismissed it, but counseled the lawyer on getting along.

Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood ruled in the 2009 complaint on Wednesday, telling Moncier that he was a brilliant barrister, but needed to be less arrogant, according to The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/yk1JRE).

Blackwood acquitted Moncier of a criminal contempt charge filed by Knox County Circuit Court Judge Dale Workman in a civil case.

Moncier had asked a potential juror a question that violated prior limitations set by the judge. Testimony at the hearing Wednesday showed Moncier was not in the courtroom when the conditions were set.

Workman later cited a personal bias against Moncier and the Court of Appeals sent the case back for another judge to hear.

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Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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