WILL CO., IL. (ECWd) -
A Will County Judge found John Norton in (Indirect Civil) Contempt of Court this afternoon after a Hearing in which Norton was to show cause as to why he should not be held in contempt of court.
"Mr. Norton shall be held in indirect civil contempt of court for his failure to appear on the citation to discover assets that was issued and served on him in March of 2021."
One of the first things Norton did was object to raising his right hand, claiming "free exercise clause of the First Amendment" - after discussions, he ended up raising his right hand and affirming his testimony. (it starts on page 7 of the Transcripts).
He rambled on (page 9) about some affidavit and attempted harassment and being a witness in other cases, none of which pertained to this case in front of this Judge.
The Judge found his testimony to be not credible. (page 18, starting at line 18)
A Hearing is scheduled for June 10, 2021, where Norton will be given directions on how to cure his civil contempt of court finding:
"That is, now that I have found you in indirect civil contempt of court because I find your testimony to be not credible, now that I have found you to be in indirect civil contempt of court, the next step in this proceeding is for me to determine what, if any, order I should enter that is intended to force you to comply with the citation proceeding.
So we will have further hearing on that matter two weeks from today at 10:30 in the morning here in person in my courtroom on June 10th of 2021."
Today's Hearing came on the heals of Norton failing to appear on a Citation to Discover Assets for the civil case in which Norton complained against several people, lost the case, and was Ordered to pay defendant's attorney fees.