I just got a short report from a friend in Manatee County about big events happening in Bradenton today:
“Judge Dunnigan just fined Smith Hiatt & Diaz $49,000.00.”
If they don’t pay within 4 days, it’s another $7,000 per day.
This apparently arises from an incident a few weeks ago when Manatee County Judge Janette Dunnigan issued a contempt order against Smith Hiatt & Diaz for its complete disregard of the court, manifested by multiple failing to show up at hearings after repeated warnings.
I hear there’s a transcript being prepared; I’ll post it when I get it.