Once a dapper Beverly Hills attorney known for his bow tie, Richard Fine has been held in solitary confinement at Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail for 14 months, even though he’s never been charged with a crime.
Dr. Richard Fine admits, “I ended up here because I did the one thing no other lawyer in California is willing to do. I took on the corruption of the courts,” Fine said in a jailhouse interview with CNN.
The technical term is “coercive confinement” — jail-time until a person follows a judge’s order.
“He’s probably done more time than most burglars, robbers and dope dealers,” says Sterling Norris of the public-interest group Judicial Watch.
Norris says Fine’s confinement has gone on too long.
“I think it’s a lack of judicial integrity to say enough is enough,” Norris says. “We’ve got a man, 70-year-old attorney, in jail for over a year on coercive confinement and that is way beyond the pale. No matter what else he may have done, that is improper.”
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