Former Ark. Congressman Headed to Jail Once Again

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Bankrupt farmer Tommy Robinson, the former sheriff, congressman and unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate, has been ordered to serve a 60-day jail sentence, beginning next month, for criminal contempt in his personal bankruptcy case.

Robinson said he would appeal the order by U.S. District Judge James Moody, who told Robinson to report to the U.S. Marshal's Office on May 5 to begin serving the sentence.  Moody also ordered Robinson to pay a $5,000 fine.

Moody sentenced Robinson after finding him guilty of criminal contempt in the three-year-old bankruptcy case decided by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge James Mixon.  Moody affirmed Mixon's decisions in the case, except for sanctions issued against a Little Rock bankruptcy lawyer.

Twice before, Robinson was found guilty of contempt.  Mixon ruled in April 2007 and again in February of this year that Robinson was in contempt for violating Mixon's 2006 restraining order that Robinson stop interfering with the administration of the bankruptcy case.

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