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What "strong measures" are available to the January 6th investigation?

Jeffrey Clark, a former assistant attorney general has refused to answer questions from the January 6th investigation. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), chair of the Jan. 6 committee, told the Hill ...
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Does an active case before an inquest jury give rise to contempt rules?

The horrible Plymouth shooting has now led to an inquest into the deaths there, and an inquest jury will be summoned for the haring in coroner's court. If the gunman had survived and was to be ...
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Is it illegal to for someone in the UK to send a link to this SE question about Soldier F?

The Law.SE question Can everyone name Soldier F now that an MP has? is about Soldier F, who is charged over the Bloody Sunday killings. The consensus on the answers to the question is that doing so ...
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Can everyone name Soldier F now that an MP has?

Recently, the MP for Foyle, the Hon Colum Eastwood, named "Soldier F", who is facing charges of murder over Bloody Sunday in 1972. A judge in Northern Ireland had made an anonymity ...
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Who can overrule a court's finding of contempt?

A judge has authority and broad discretion to incarcerate people for contempt-of-court. Who, besides the judge who holds a person in contempt, has authority to overturn a finding of contempt or an ...
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Legality of the Cat Lawyer video

You may have seen the recent video of the lawyer who couldn't turn off the cat filter during a Zoom trial. What struck me about it is the legal warning in the top left frame warning that it is ...
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Held indefinitely for contempt of court?

Tommy Gregory Thompson is a former deep-sea treasure hunter and is about to mark his fifth year in jail for contempt of court for refusing to disclose the whereabouts of 500 missing coins made from ...
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Contempt of court?

Ex partner agreed to sign a quit claim deed as part of the parenting plan back in March 2019. To this point he is refusing and still won’t sign it and submit to recorders office. Is this something I ...
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Contempt of Court Outside of the Court

Recently the following case has been catching eyeballs where Prashant Bhushan a Lawyer in the Supreme Court has been accused of Contempt of Court by making certain tweets. The Supreme Court has held ...
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If the US Supreme Court were to hold a US President in contempt, what could happen next? [closed]

What happens if the President defies a Supreme Court decision? Can he be found to be in contempt? What happens then? What enforcement actions can be taken, and who can take them? I am asking because ...
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What happens if a law enforcement agency refuses to obey a court order?

So, let's say that a judge issues an order to a law enforcement agency - for instance, ordering them to behave in a certain way when interacting with protestors. The law enforcement agency then ...
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In the United States, how is the legal process different if a crime is committed IN court?

In the U.S., a common course of action is that a peace officer makes an arrest on an alleged violation of law, which is then heard by a magistrate/court. How is the process different if a court ...
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Contempt of court (for certain speech and remaining silent included)?

What's the worst/maximum sentence or sanction one can receive for remaining silent in court when asked to speak by a court official (with and without a subpoena)?
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USA: Can a witness take the 5th to avoid perjury?

Lawyer Alice is questioning witness Bob. Bob is not on trial, and no one has accused him of a crime. Alice demands Bob answer a particular question with either a "Yes" or a "no." Bob believes that ...
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Can non-witnesses legally refuse to answer questions from judge?

It appears that a judge in their courtroom can ask anyone any questions. A quick search shows that it is not uncommon for persons refusing to answer judges' questions to be prosecuted for contempt of ...