What was a reason why they were in contempt have they had warnings ?
Family Law Attorney
Yes. Mouthing off in Court and being disrespectful to the Judge, speaking when not asked to speak. Yes they were warned, but the it's like two strikes and you're out (in handcuffs and sitting in jail for a while). That's one if the reasons there are armed and uniformed Court Officers in every NYS court of record in the Unified Court System, and I've seen numerous people held in contempt for being disruptive, especially in Family Court and Criminal Courts.
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Ethics / Professional Responsibility Lawyer
Normally people are held in contempt for being rude to the court and/or ignoring an order. Most of the time there will be a warning. However, if the behavior is really offensive and upsets the judge enough, then the judge could choose to just hold the person in contempt immediately.
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