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Court Reporter Freed After Judge Puts Her in Jail for Missing Deadlines


— March 15, 2007

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA— A court stenographer was freed Monday evening after spending the weekend in the Broward County Jail trying to finish a trial transcript needed for the long-delayed appeal of a convicted child rapist.

On Friday, Broward Circuit Judge Charles Greene jailed Ann Margaret Smith, 44, of Lauderhill, for contempt of court after he said she missed several deadlines from the 4th District Court of Appeal.

Smith’s attorney argued she has three children to care for and she was making less progress typing up the transcript in jail: 91 pages in the past 2 1/2 days.

Details here from the Sun-Sentinel.


FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA— A court stenographer was freed Monday evening after spending the weekend in the Broward County Jail trying to finish a trial transcript needed for the long-delayed appeal of a convicted child rapist.

On Friday, Broward Circuit Judge Charles Greene jailed Ann Margaret Smith, 44, of Lauderhill, for contempt of court after he said she missed several deadlines from the 4th District Court of Appeal.

Smith’s attorney argued she has three children to care for and she was making less progress typing up the transcript in jail: 91 pages in the past 2 1/2 days.

Details here from the Sun-Sentinel.

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