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In 1995, a family court judge ordered corporate lawyer, H. Beatty Chadwick to deposit $2.5 million in the court's registry to pay alimony to his ex-wife, Barbara Applegate. Chadwick said he didn't have the money, but the court believed he'd stashed it somewhere during the divorce. So, because Chadwick didn't pay, the judge jailed him for contempt of court.
During that time, the court hired investigators to find the money. They found nothing, but Chadwick wasn't released.
"A. Leo Sereni, a former president judge in Pennsylvania, was appointed to track Chadwick's money. Eighteen months and two accounting firms later, Sereni reported no trace beyond what had been discovered a decade before.
"He recommended Chadwick's release, stating, 'My God -- if he had stolen $2 million, he would have been out a couple of years ago.'
Contempt of court in a civil suit is generally not considered to be a criminal offense, with the party benefiting from the order also holding responsibility for the enforcement of the order.
The imposed party is said to "hold the keys" to his or her own cell, thus conventional due process is not required.
Chadwick, who is now 73, seems remarkably equable about the whole thing, describing prison as "a very artificial society." Some people use stronger words than that.
For the immediate future, Chadwick intends to live with William, but says he needs to find a job, given that Social Security is his only income. He may try to go into teaching or get his law license reinstated.
Originally posted by Jakes51
The judge behind that ruling should be removed from the bench immediately if he/she is still presiding over a courtroom or at the very least sued to the gills for that blatant disregard of justice. When it was discovered by not one but two accounting agencies that the sum of 2.5 million for back alimony was never there to begin with; the man who was charged with contempt should have been released and with an apology from the judge.
This man spent 14 years behind bars for effectually complying with the court by telling verifiable truth in his defense and yet he spent almost two decades in the slammer.
Let me state emphatically that this is no defense for deliberate dead beat dads who refuse to supply aid to the children!
Originally posted by AgentX09
Man did this guy get railroaded.
A South Carolina lawyer who fled to Canada after reportedly taking more than $2 million from a real estate client received a two-year federal prison sentence today.
... a maid, who admitted stealing $2 million worth of raw gold, told Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson before she was hit with an 18-month sentence.
The former finance manager for a Calgary trucking firm was sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison Thursday for stealing more than $2 million from his employer.
"If I had been convicted of murder in the third degree in Pennsylvania, I would have been out in half the time I was in jail," H. Beatty Chadwick said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.