Published on August 22, 2011 | by LawNews
Prof. James Sample Comments on Whether a Judge Should Recuse Himself Due to Improper Contempt Charges
Dalton Judge’s Sentences Raise Questions
By Joy Lukachick
Chattanooga Times Free Press
August 22, 2011
But James Sample, a professor at Hofstra Law School in New York, said judges sometimes have more leeway in contempt rulings. Even if a contempt charge isn’t in a city code, judges can sometimes pull from common law to rule on those who ignore the court’s orders, he said.
However, a judge who adds time to a sentence could be questioned, Sample said. The judge should recuse himself to avoid any appearance of impropriety, he said.
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