Officer who took documents from defense attorney’s file during hearing ordered only to apologize

November 20, 2009 by Marshall A. Mintz · Leave a Comment 

What should be the penalty for an officer who removes confidential legal material from a defense attorney’s file in the courtroom during the proceedings? In Arizona, apparently it is to be held in contempt of court, but only required to apologize.

This punishment does nothing but minimize the seriousness of the conduct here. The Officer stole legally privileged documents from counsel’s for no good reason. I hope the people in Arizona voice their outrage.