Chandra Exonerated at Contempt Hearing in Voter ID Case
Today in Columbus, U.S. District Court Judge Algenon Marbley vacated the motion to show cause filed by lawyers for Secretary of State Ken Blackwell (R-Cincinnati) and Attorney General Jim Petro (R-Rocky River) against plaintiffs' attorney Subodh Chandra in the voter ID lawsuit, NEOCH v. Blackwell. I don't have a copy of the order yet, but I am told that the judge specifically ruled that Chandra's act of sending an e-mail to all 88 boards of elections last Friday, attaching court documents and urging compliance with the consent order and agreed enforcement order in the case, constituted neither contempt of court nor a violation of attorney disciplinary rules. The court did scold Chandra about taking that unilateral step to secure compliance with the court's orders, and he agreed to refrain from doing so in the future.
I hope to add more detail when available.