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Judge holds former Hill County attorney in contempt of court

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HAVRE, Mont. (AP) - A north-central Montana judge fined the former Hill County attorney $1,500 and ordered six days of house arrest for contempt of court.

Jessica Cole-Hodgkinson was ordered to appear before Justice of the Peace Audrey Barger on Tuesday to explain why she didn't show up or find a substitute to handle three cases, saying her actions were disruptive to the court.

Cole-Hodgkinson has said she believed others in the office were handling the cases.

Cole-Hodgkinson resigned in late July amid criticism she was unprepared for court hearings, in some cases leading to charges being dismissed. One dismissed case was a partner or family member assault that the state successfully prosecuted.

Deputy County Attorney Karen Alley took over the office last week.

Information from: Havre Daily News, http://www.havredailynews.com

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