Unpublished Dispositionunited States of America v. Theodore Travers, A/k/a Eric Mendoza, Appellant, 918 F.2d 225 (D.C. Cir. 1990)Annotate this Case
Nov. 26, 1990
Before BUCKLEY, SENTELLE and HENDERSON, Circuit Judges.
This appeal was considered on the record from the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and on the briefs filed by the parties and arguments by counsel. The court has determined that the issues presented occasion no need for a published opinion. See D.C. Cir. Rule 14(c).
Defendant/appellant Travers raises two issues on appeal. First, he contends that he was deprived of his right to a jury trial when the judge imposed a $1,000-per-day contempt fine, which was to accrue until Travers obeyed an order to provide samples of his handwriting. Where the penalty is contingent on defendant's failure to perform a certain act, as here, the contempt is civil. See Hicks v. Feiock, 485 U.S. 624, 632-33 (1988). In civil contempt proceedings, the constitutional rights of criminal defendants, including the right to a jury trial, do not apply. See id. at 632; Douglass v. First National Realty Corp., 543 F.2d 894, 897 (D.C. Cir. 1976). Second, Travers argues that the judge erred in admitting evidence of prior bad acts. We conclude that the evidence was properly admitted under Federal Rule of Evidence 404(b). It is therefore
ORDERED and ADJUDGED by the court that the contempt order and the convictions entered against Travers be affirmed.
The Clerk is directed to withhold issuance of the mandate herein until seven days after disposition of any timely petition for rehearing. See D.C. Cir. Rule 15.