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Contempt of Court Charge Against Dallas County DA Dismissed

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NBC 5 News

The contempt of court case filed against Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot has been dismissed, court records show.

The charge stemmed from a local television interview Creuzot gave before the Amber Guyger murder trial.

Dallas County Judge Tammy Kemp called the interview a direct violation of the gag order she issued due to the high-profile nature of the trial. The incident sparked national interest when Guyger fatally shot Botham Jean inside his own apartment in September 2018.

Creuzot argued he did not violate the gag order because the interview was vague.

According to NBC 5's media partner The Dallas Morning News, both sides filed a motion Dec. 27 to dismiss the charge against Creuzot.

Brian Wice, an attorney for Creuzot, issued the following statement Monday.

We are gratified, but not surprised, that the Attorney Pro Tem agreed to dismiss Judge Kemp’s order attempting to hold Judge Creuzot in contempt of court based upon her unsupported and unsupportable belief that Judge Creuzot violated her gag order in the Amber Guyger case.

This fair, right, and just resolution reaffirms the fundamental principle that judicial rulings driven by bias and animus and not the neutral and dispassionate application of the law to the facts have absolutely no place in our criminal justice system.

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