Unpublished Dispositionin the Matter of Contempt Proceedings in Re Keith A. Keonning, 879 F.2d 864 (6th Cir. 1989)

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US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit - 879 F.2d 864 (6th Cir. 1989) June 13, 1989

Before WELLFORD and RALPH B. GUY, Jr., Circuit Judges and JOHN W. PECK, Senior Circuit Judge.


This matter came on from an appeal taken by Keith A. Keonning from an order adjudging him in criminal contempt of an administrative order or orders issued by Judge Frank J. Battisti of the Northern District of Ohio. Intervention by other Judges of that Court was permitted. We have entered an order staying the contempt order at issue pending consideration of the appeal on its merits.

Judge Battisti, through his counsel, has now filed a motion to remand "for reconsideration and to vacate the contempt orders and dismiss the proceedings." We have considered this motion and the responses filed in opposition or for conditions sought to be imposed on any such remand. Mr. Keonning expresses concern about "the quandary in which [he] finds himself regarding performance of his duties as Chief Probation Officer" with particular emphasis upon what he considers conflicting directions concerning his administrative duties as a court officer.

Without intimating any decision on the merits, we observe no immediately justifiable basis on the record for the issuance of the extraordinary contempt order at issue in this appeal. We consider the strong interest in expediting this matter and in avoiding further unnecessary controversy, and grant the motion to remand for the sole and specific purpose of the immediate vacation of the contempt orders and dismissal of the underlying proceedings in the District Court. In accordance with Judge Battisti's motion, we assess costs against him.