State, for the use of Warren County v. F. M. Smith

Order: 
Supreme Court Case Name: 
State, for the use of Warren County v. F. M. Smith
Case Date: 
1888
Court Origin: 
Circuit - Civil
Cause/Crime: 
Contempt of Court

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Division: 
Middle
Number of Pages: 
11
Notes / Description: 

The court held two practicing attorneys--William T. Murray & F.M. Smith--in contempt, and fined them $25 each, for fighting in open court. Smith appealed the ruling to the SC, claiming he was only defending himself against Murray's attack on him, and that he was addressing the court when Murray began attacking him with law books and a chain. Smith lost his appeal to the SC.