June 22, 2018
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Rockport man swears at judge, held in contempt

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — After ignoring his attorney’s advice and swearing at the judge, a 33-year-old Rockport man was sent back to jail Friday.

Judge John David Kennedy ordered Corwin Olds held without bail until a video arraignment can be held, possibly Tuesday, after the Rockport man swore at the judge during a hearing Friday afternoon.

Olds was in Rockland District Court on Friday after his arrest for failure to appear at his scheduled arraignment Monday on charges of forgery and theft of cash and jewelry from a home in Rockport in October.

At Friday’s hearing, the prosecution cited the possibility of a jail term for the offense at which point the 33-year-old Olds questioned why he was facing jail for the charges. Judge Kennedy informed Olds that the district attorney has the discretion to seek a jail sentence.

The defense attorney for the day for people being held in lieu of bail, William Pagnano, advised Olds to remain silent.

At that point, Olds uttered an obscenity, according to the interim contempt order issued by Kennedy after the hearing.

The judge got up to leave, saying he wanted to stabilize the situation when Olds yelled out more obscenities.

After a recess, Olds refused to return for the arraignment.

Judge Kennedy ruled that Olds behavior was contemptuous, showed a lack of respect and disrupted the regular order of the court.

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