Thompson v. State (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)Annotate this Case
The facts related to this appeal stemmed from Attorney Theodis N. Thompson Jr.’s representation of Michael Baker on criminal charges. The circuit court found Thompson in criminal contempt for his failure to appear at a scheduled hearing and sentenced him to twenty-four hours imprisonment in the county jail. After Thompson served his sentence, he appealed, arguing that his right to due process was violated because he was deprived of proper notice of the criminal contempt charge. The Supreme Court reversed, holding (1) the mootness doctrine did not bar Thompson’s direct appeal of his criminal contempt conviction; and (2) the State failed to establish that Thompson received notice of the accusation of contempt for his failure to appear at the scheduled hearing.