Norfolk asst. prosecutor held in contempt

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Associated Press

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 6:21 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 5 at 8:35 AM

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — An assistant prosecutor in Norfolk says she was handling a matter in circuit court when a district judge found her in contempt for not being in his courtroom.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Catherine Paxson says she's appealing the Jan. 7 ruling by District Judge S. Clark Daugherty that also fined her $250.

Court records show Paxson told a clerk in Daugherty's courtroom that she needed to attend to a brief matter in circuit court.

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1bpwfw7) reports a certificate signed by Daugherty shows Paxson was more than an hour late for the district court docket and apologized to the judge for the conflict.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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