It seems clear that the record-breaking contempt jailing of financier Martin Armstrong for failing to turn over the assets of his defunct company cannot last forever. But there is less agreement on Southern District of New York Judge Richard Owen's power to hold Armstrong in civil contempt without end at a Manhattan jail, where he has stubbornly languished since Jan. 14, 2000. Tuesday, attorneys for Armstrong were once again before the 2nd Circuit, arguing that only Congress can authorize such a detention.
2nd Circuit Hears Plea to End Six-Year Contempt Term
New York Law Journal
January 26, 2006