A Pennsylvania attorney who was released from prison Friday after serving the longest imprisonment on a civil contempt charge in U.S. history said judges have too much discretion in cases like his. "If I had been convicted of murder ... I would have been out in half the time," H. Beatty Chadwick said. A judge ordered Chadwick's release more than 14 years after he was jailed for refusing to turn over millions of dollars in a divorce battle. The case prompted dozens of appeals, twice reaching the U.S. Supreme Court.
Attorney Freed After Being Jailed 14 Years for Contempt in Divorce Case
The Associated Press
July 13, 2009