FEBRUARY 27, 2007 - Posted at 3:19 p.m. CST
HELENA-WEST HELENA, AR - Former congressman Tommy Robinson and his attorney have been jailed for contempt in a bankruptcy case being heard in Helena-West Helena.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge James G. Mixon concluded Robinson and attorney Roy "Bill" Lewellen were in criminal and civil contempt because they filed a suit in December with the intent of thwarting an auction of a duck-hunting lodge. The judge had ordered the lodge be auctioned.
Robinson, who as a congressman represented the Second District in central Arkansas, and Lewellen were handcuffed and led out of the courtroom yesterday.
Mixon is hearing the involuntary bankruptcy cases of Robinson and his wife, Carolyn B. Robinson.
Mixon ordered U.S. marshals to keep Robinson and Lewallen in custody until the court decides that both of them have "satisfactorily purged themselves of contempt." The two were taken to the Faulkner County Jail at Conway, which houses some federal prisoners under a contract with the government.