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By Tim Leeds 

Former county attorney sentenced on contempt, barred from justice court

Judge sentences Cole-Hodgkinson to six days, fines $1,500 and bars from practice in justice court for one year

 

August 8, 2018

Havre Daily News/Ryan Welch

Former Hill County Attorney Jessica Cole-Hodgkinson is sworn in during a contempt of court hearing in Hill County Justice Court. Judge Audrey Barger found Cole-Hodgkinson guilty of three counts of contempt.

After a year-and-a-half of complaints about her work, former Hill County Attorney Jessica Cole-Hodgkinson suffered legal consequences Tuesday.

Hill County Justice of the Peace Audrey Barger found Cole-Hodgkinson guilty of three counts of criminal contempt, sentencing her to six days of house arrest and fining her $1,500 for not having an attorney capable of representing the state appear in three different criminal cases.

She told Cole-Hodgkinson she wanted her to understand how harmful it is if no one representing the state appears in court.

"You need to understand that," Barger said af...



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