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Augusta attorney apologizes for his behavior in court

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 4:03 PM
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An Augusta attorney who left a client to fend for himself in the middle of a trial apologized Tuesday for his behavior.

Attorney Christopher Nich­ol­son returned to Rich­mond County State Court to make amends by publicly apologizing to Assistant Solici­tor Kelly McIntyre, Sheriff Cpl. Bonnie Kalbskopf and Judge David D. Watkins.

The apology, a $500 donation to the Richmond County Humane Society and one day in jail put an end to the saga Nicholson began on Aug. 2 during a bench trial before Watkins.

“I have practiced law for 37 years and tried to do what’s best for my clients,” Nicholson said. He never intended to offend anyone in court, he said.

Nicholson’s behavior on Aug. 2, including snide comments to the judge and a verbal attack on the prosecutor, climaxed with Nicholson walking out on client Matthew Dunham instead of presenting a defense. Dunham was convicted but Watkins has since granted a motion for a new trial.

Watkins ordered Nichol­son to appear back in court on Aug. 25 to explain why he shouldn’t be held in contempt. Nicholson, who had asked for a delay in the hearing, didn’t show up and Watkins found him in contempt of court.

Watkins ordered Nichol­son’s immediate arrest and imposed a 20-day jail sentence and $500 fine when the attorney further failed to comply with a judicial order.

Instead of turning himself in, Nicholson left town, telling a sheriff’s officer that he was filing an appeal of Watkins’ contempt order.

The Court of Appeals of Georgia issued a stay in the case based on Nicholson’s statement he intended to appeal.

Tuesday’s apology ends the contempt matter. Nichol­son wrote a check for the charity Tuesday. He will be allowed to remain free and report to the jail on his own to serve his one day behind bars.

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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 11/15/11 - 05:43 pm
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Does he decide for himself

Does he decide for himself when to report to jail? Who's checking to insure that he reports to jail and stays 24 hours?

He's not some five-year-old who accidentally bumped into a classmate on a kindergarten playground. But CN acted and was punished as if he were one.

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Vito45 11/15/11 - 06:55 pm
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Wonder what happened to all

Wonder what happened to all of the braggadocio he was spouting on Austin's show about how was "going to have his day in court" where all of the facts would come out, yadda, yadda?

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 11/15/11 - 07:13 pm
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Journalists, lowyers and

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Journalists, lowyers and unions.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/15/11 - 07:57 pm
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He had his fingers crossed

He had his fingers crossed when he apologized.

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 11/15/11 - 08:15 pm
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LOL @ Riverman1

LOL @ Riverman1

jackrussell
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jackrussell 11/15/11 - 09:02 pm
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He only apologized because he

He only apologized because he HAD to. It was not sincere.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 11/15/11 - 10:23 pm
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My comment disappeared? I

My comment disappeared? I thought it was pretty bland.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 11/15/11 - 10:26 pm
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Will the eldest son of "The

Will the eldest son of "The Chief's" late law partner spend a day in jail in the Augusta Judicial Circuit?

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 11/16/11 - 06:02 am
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Yeah, I don't think anyone

Yeah, I don't think anyone believes the guy's apology. Everyone knows that most attorneys lie, especially the ones covering the tail.

wcr250
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wcr250 11/16/11 - 06:53 am
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Hang on Chris

Hang on Chris

PDCinAUG
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PDCinAUG 11/17/11 - 04:41 am
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Wonder if a regular citizen

Wonder if a regular citizen could act like a total disrespectful jerk in court and get to decide for him/herself when they would do their little 24 hours in jail? I guess it really does depend on who you are or who you know, huh?

belle
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belle 12/13/11 - 09:14 am
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augustacitizen, be careful

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augustacitizen, be careful what you write. The "eyes" believe that words as basic as ignorant are bad because they appear to not have picked up a webster's dictionary and learned it means not educated or informed on a particular subject.

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