Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Can a bankruptcy judge order the marshals to arrest a lawyer?

There is some debate about whether a non-article III judge has that power.  But in any case, the answer is certainly NO after a district judge has issued a stay of the order.  Julie Kay has the very interesting story here:
Palm Beach bankruptcy lawyer Tina Talarchyk said she was getting ready to drive her twin girls to school Tuesday when federal marshals showed up to arrest her on a civil contempt order.
Talarchyk said she persuaded the marshals that an arrest order issued last week by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John Olson was stayed U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke in Miami pending appeal. She said the marshals left after getting new instructions.
"I think Judge Olson overreached when he entered an incarceration order without due process of having an evidentiary hearing," Talarchyk said in an interview. "I am shocked that after Judge Cooke entered her order that Judge Olson continued to personally reach out to the marshals to have me apprehended. I think it shows he lacked impartiality. The fact that it happened with my children in the car was traumatizing."
Olson held the Talarchyk Firm partner in contempt of court, suspended her from practicing in bankruptcy court and ordered her to be detained until she paid $10,949 into a client trust account. She insists she paid the money and doesn't owe her client anything.
Cooke issued an emergency stay of Olson's order Thursday after Talarchyk appealed, so Talarchyk and her lawyer are baffled about why the marshals showed up.

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