- The Washington Times - Monday, November 15, 2004

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A once-successful lawyer has been ordered to pay his ex-wife $4.2 million, but his odds of paying up soon don’t look good: He has been sitting in jail for nearly a decade insisting that he doesn’t have the money.

H. Beatty Chadwick, who has been jailed on a civil-contempt charge longer than anyone else in state history, says the money the court is ordering him to pay was lost in a failed investment. But the judge who sent Chadwick to jail in 1995 found that he had hidden his wealth in overseas bank accounts rather than allow his ex-wife to get it.

A series of judges have found him in contempt of court, and the Supreme Court rejected an appeal from him last year.

Unconvinced by Chadwick’s contention that the money doesn’t exist, a judge in October ordered him to pay Barbara Jean Crowther Chadwick $4.2 million. The total includes a 50 percent share of the couple’s marital assets, plus $1.4 million in legal fees and overdue alimony.

“This money is like the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It seems like it should be there, but it isn’t there,” said the man’s attorney, Michael Malloy.

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