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Lawyer Sanctioned for Refusing to Answer Judge's 'Yes or No' Question

In an unpublished opinion, a federal appeals court upheld a $500 sanction against a lawyer who refused to answer a judge's question.

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the sanction against William Hermesmeyer for refusing an order to answer "yes" or "no." In the opinion, the appeals court said local court rules require attorneys to comply with court orders.

"Perhaps the district court contributed to the difficulties, but an attorney must comply with court orders," the appellate panel said.