‘It's a Shameful Episode:' Woman Who Stirred Federal Judge's Wrath for Violating Court Order Must Now Pay for It

Some local defense attorneys and their client recently learned what it's like to be on the receiving end of an irate federal judge whose order not to sell a big warehouse was violated."It is shocking to me," U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn said about the incident. "I entered an order that this not be done, clear as a bell, and it was done."The result was a rare criminal contempt conviction for the defendant, Melek Portillo, who has admitted to selling bootleg Latin Music CDs.Lynn appointed a special prosecutor in late 2016 and recused herself from the case. Portillo was sentenced Thursday by a different judge, U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle, to two years of probation and a $5,000 fine for the contempt charge. It stems from Portillo's sale of a Dallas warehouse in 2016 despite Lynn's order not to dispose of any assets prior to sentencing. Portillo had faced up to six months behind bars."It has been a long time since I've had to express this degree of anger from the bench," Lynn said during the October 2016 hearing. "I am furious that this occurred."Portillo will next be sentenced by Lynn for the underlying copyright infringement offense, a misdemeanor. Prosecutors in that case have agreed to five years of probation, which will run consecutive to the probation in the contempt case.  Continue reading...

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