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oregon (county} clatsop court
my brother went to court on contemt charges,
he has an attorney who on this occasion was stuck in traffic
& called in to say he was going to be late,asked if he could
(i forgot the word)thru his cell phone & was told by the court that he could not.when my brother was told of this he did'nt know what to do,the judge said he would'nt be arriving until 9:30-9:45 & that she had another trial starting then so they needed to proceed she then asked my brother if he wanted to proceed,well he had no idea what to do & figured all he could do was say yeah i guess so.by the time his attorney got there 4 witnesses had testified against him,he had no paper work to go by only what he could remember,he had no idea what questions to ask,he had no help at all,he was reamed & raked over the coals by everyone in that court room even the judge.his attorney was shocked when he walked in,talked to my brother till the judge said she was ready to make her judgement & charged him with contemt of the previous court order in the amount of 9,000 & some odd dollars.his attorney just started asking him if he could pay it.my question is,couldnt or shouldnt have his attorney asked or ask for a plea for retrial since he had no counsel present & shouldnt have the judge asked my brother if he understood his rights to have an attorney present whether to proceed or not?for he didnt know that he could tell her no,he just figured it was her courtroom & she had to proceed so he did.it all sounds very unfair to me. Thank you

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