Appeal Court Refuses to Block Contempt of Court Hearing

An appeals court is refusing to step in and stop a local circuit judge from prosecuting an attorney for contempt of court.

Attorney William Price drew the wrath of Circuit Judge James Fensom during the Julianna Ellzey D-U-I manslaughter trial recently.

Price allegedly violated Judge Fensom’s order telling him not to pursue certain lines of questioning.

Last Friday, Price's attorney, Walter Smith, tried to convince Fensom to remove himself from the case, but Fensom refused. Smith immediately filed an emergency motion with the First District Court of Appeal, asking them to prohibit Judge Fensom from pursuing the case.

At the very least, Smith says he wanted the appeals court to remove Fensom from the case.

The D-C-A has denied the motion and the case will proceed.

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