Macon attorney appeals contempt of court ruling to Georgia Supreme Court
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Macon attorney Veronica Brinson is appealing a judge’s decision finding her in contempt of court to the state supreme court.
A summary from the Georgia Supreme Court says Judge Howard Simms removed Brinson from a murder case because “she had rendered ineffective assistance of counsel” and violated her client’s constitutional rights.
Judge Simms told Brinson she wasn’t allowed to submit anymore filings regarding the case.
Brinson filed several documents during the next few days, according to the case summary.
Another judge entered a “Citation of Criminal Contempt” against Brinson which identified 10 possible acts of criminal contempt.
Judge John Allen found Brinson in contempt for three of the allegations, specifically for filing three documents in the murder case after the court had ordered her to make any further filings, according to the summary.
Brinson appealed to the Georgia Court of Appeals.
The Georgia Court of Appeals initially upheld the lower court’s ruling, but later transferred the case to the state Supreme Court.
Brinson argues there are eight errors in her case.
Some of the alleged errors include the order preventing her from filing documents without the court’s permission illegally denied her access to the courts, the trial court violated her right to due process by failing to give her adequate notice that it intended to remove her from the murder case and that the contempt citation was issued prematurely because the judge previously resolved similar matters by “less draconian methods.”
Brinson’s case will be argued Tuesday.