In a decision characterized by sniping among appellate judges, two Savannah lawyers have lost their appeal of a probate court contempt order.

The Court of Appeals decision by Presiding Judge G. Alan Blackburn upheld a Chatham probate judge’s contempt order against Savannah sole practitioners David Roberson and John T. Woodall. They paid themselves $2.4 million without court permission from a $3.25 million medical malpractice settlement on behalf of a then-comatose woman.

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