Friday, April 18, 2008
Order In The Court Demanded of Adam Reposa? ~ by Tex
Order in the Court! Order in the Court! Lawyers can't say or do just anything in the court room. For example, apparently a flick of a lawyers wrist in Austin Texas resulted in jail time for contempt of court. Attorney Adam Reposa was apparently sentenced to 90 days in jail because the gesture was construed as lewd (it allegedly simulated masturbation.) The gesture was apparently made in the presence of a County Court-at-Law judge. (Talk about poor judgment.)
At a recent contempt hearing, Judge Jan Breland said Reposa, a 33 year old attorney, rolled his eyes and motioned with his right hand. Reposa apparently claims the gesture came from near his hip and was not aimed at the judge. (Apparently it was intended as a gesture to a prosecutor while discussing negotiating a plea in a drunken driving case.) Reposa's attorney advocated for a one day sentence. However, Special Visiting State Judge Paul Davis, said it was his "honor to uphold the integrity of the judicial process. " Judge Davis sentenced Reposa to 90 days.
A little research shows that Judge Paul Davis teaches a course on courtroom decorum to new judges. Judge Davis sounded genuinely concerned that Reposa seemed to be attempting to justify his behavior as "a zealous attorney" defending a client. In a closing argument, County Attorney Randy Leavitt argued that this was not Reposa's first offensive behavior and suggested that he had previously uttered offensive names in court. The Austin Statesman can be found here: http://www.statesman.com/
Adam "bulletproof" Reposa is a 2001 Graduate of University of Texas Law School. No disciplinary violations are reported at a State Bar of Texas Lawyer Site LINK
According to Keytv.com Reposa is out on bail pending an appeal.
Update 10-29-09: Adam Reposa interview on Youtube may demonstrate this lawyers cockiness, but it is hard to argue with his results. VIDEO LINK. And no, Reposa did not pay for the posting of this link.
Update 12-2-30-09: Adam Reposa received a decision this fall affirming his punishment of 90 days in jail. In an 8-1 decision, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied Reposa’s application for a writ of habeas corpus in his contempt case. Judge Lawrence Meyers, the lone dissenter in Ex Parte Adam Reposa, did not write an opinion. Http://www.cca.courts.state.tx.us/opinions/HTMLOpinionInfo.asp?OpinionID=18903
His 90 days should be close to being up soon. One wonders whether he will change his nick name of "bulletproof."