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Judge Slaps Murder Suspect With Contempt After Attacks On Lawyers, Deputies

April 8, 1987

CHICAGO (AP) _ A murder defendant who poured water on one lawyer, punched another in the mouth and injured two sheriff’s deputies who tried to subdue him has been found in contempt of court.

Cook County Circuit Judge Frances Mahon cited Adrian Smallwood, 22, for contempt Tuesday after two separate disturbances, which occurred as final preparations were under way for a new trial in his case.

″When you were placed at the defense table, you punched (Assistant Public Defender) James Reilly in the mouth and knocked him over some chairs in an apparent effort to hit your other lawyer,″ Mahon said.

″You also broke one sheriff’s ribs and caused considerable injury to another sheriff, and this court finds you in direct contempt.″

Reilly said Smallwood punched him Monday before prospective jurors were led into Mahon’s courtroom. The two deputies were injured trying to subdue the suspect in the fracas that followed, the assistant public defender said.

On Tuesday, Smallwood dumped water on Assistant Public Defender Guy Hoch. Smallwood had complained to the judge about Hoch and demanded a private attorney.

Smallwood is accused of murdering a man who criticized him for driving down a fire lane filled with children on Memorial Day 1985, Reilly said. Jurors were unable to reach a decision in the first trial.

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