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The People v. Hassakis

OPINION FILED SEPTEMBER 23, 1955.

THE PEOPLE EX REL. DALE ANDREWS, COUNTY JUDGE, APPELLEE,

v.

DEMETRI HASSAKIS, STATE'S ATTORNEY ET AL., APPELLANTS.



APPEAL from the County Court of Jefferson County; the Hon. DALE ANDREWS, Judge, presiding.

MR. JUSTICE MAXWELL DELIVERED THE OPINION OF THE COURT:

The parties are county officials of Jefferson County. Defendants appeal from the following purported contempt order entered by the county judge:

"ORDER FOR CONTEMPT"

"Now on this 28th day of February, 1955, the same being one of the judicial days of this Court, the Court on its own motion after having carefully considered the matter under consideration doth find:

I.

"That contrary to the oath each of you have taken and the duty imposed upon each of you as licensed attorneys of this State to maintain respect for and uphold the dignity of each of the Courts of this State, since I have taken office as Judge of the County and Probate Court of Jefferson County, Illinois, you have by word and deed, directly and indirectly, failed to maintain respect for and uphold the dignity of this Court.

II.

"That contrary to the oath you have taken and the duty imposed upon you as States Attorney and Assistant States Attorney of this County, since I have taken office as Judge of the County and Probate Court of Jefferson County, Illinois, you have by word and deed directly and indirectly failed to maintain respect for and uphold the dignity of this Court.

III.

"That further, you have without cause attempted by word and deed to disrupt the orderly processes of this Court and in other ways have interfered with and attempted to cause public ridicule of the decisions and orders of this Court.

IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that you and each of you be found to be in Contempt of Court and the privilege of appearing in this Court in any capacity is hereby suspended for a period of 30 days from this date.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that such suspension shall continue until such time as you and each of you shall present a satisfactory written apology to the Court.

DALE ANDREWS, Judge."

The defendants contend that this order was entered by the county judge without any notice to them, that no pleadings were filed and no hearing of any kind was ...


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