An appeals court has ruled that a Miami lawyer’s “Romanian mumble” of profanity during a hearing equals contempt of court.
The 3rd District Court of Appeal decision Wednesday partially upheld a lower court’s finding of contempt against attorney Alexander Michaels in a May 2013 hearing. He had been given two days’ jail for his behavior, which included the Romanian profanity and a hand gesture.
The appeals court said there wasn’t enough evidence to support the hand gesture. But Michaels himself admitted using profanity in his native Romanian language, according to a transcript of the contempt hearing. The appeals judges upheld that contempt finding and sent the case back for resentencing.
The matter is also being referred to the Florida Bar. Michaels didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.