Professor Dessem Comments on Local Contempt Case

A Boone County (Mo.) man is spending his nights in jail for a zoning infraction on his property. In a recent Columbia Tribune article, “No resolution in sight for contempt case,Professor Larry Dessem commented on the court order, civil contempt, and what the landowner needs to do to resolve the situation.

In the piece, Dessem says, “An old saying about civil contempt is that it comes with the keys to jail in one’s pockets, meaning in this case, the circuit and appellate courts have found (Seth) Reynolds has the ability to have the shed removed.” He could end his incarceration by complying with the court order.