contempt of court

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Deliberate act intended to (1) lessen the authority or dignity of a court, (2) embarrass, hinder, or obstruct the administration of justice, or (3) disobey a court's lawful order. Contempt of court is a criminal offense punishable by fine and/or imprisonment.

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The man was found in contempt of court because he started to act crazy, with rude gestures and loud yelling, and disrupted the courtroom.
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The judge warned the man that if he could not control his outbursts, he would hold him in contempt of court.
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If you find yourself being called before a grand jury you must give honest answers so you don't get charged with contempt of court.
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