Bankruptcy Didn’t Block Contempt Proceedings in District Court Against a Debtor

A chapter 7 petition filed by the contemnor (a party held in contempt of court) did not bar the district court from moving ahead with contempt proceeds against the debtor for disobeying the district court’s prior orders compelling the debtor to pay some $800,000 in previously imposed contempt sanctions.

In other words, a contemnor’s bankruptcy does not stop a district court from upholding the dignity of the court, according to District Judge Tena Campbell of Salt Lake City.

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