- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Supreme Court has sided with a former state senator in a contempt case that began with a divorce dispute over a dog.

The justices were asked to decide whether Republican ex-Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla of Miami should be held in direct or indirect contempt for failing to appear in court to explain why he wouldn’t turn over a dog to his wife in a divorce. Direct contempt is generally applied when someone openly defies a judge in court, rather than a failure to appear.

The Supreme Court decided Thursday the senator should be held in indirect contempt, overturning a lower court’s decision. The justices clarified that failure to appear in court should be treated as indirect contempt, which allows a hearing for a person to explain.

___

This story has been corrected to show that Diaz de la Portilla is a former state senator, not a current state senator.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide