By the Staff of the New York Law Journal
A lawyer was sentenced up to six months in jail for contempt in Brooklyn Supreme Court yesterday for disobeying court orders requiring him to surrender $100,000 that he had been holding in escrow.
Justice Arthur M. Schack ordered Samuel Racer jailed for failing to turn over the $100,000 that the Manhattan-based attorney had been holding in a failed real estate deal that was the subject of litigation before the judge, said Kali Holloway, a spokeswoman for the Office of Court Administration. In April, Justice Schack found Mr. Racer in contempt for failing to turn over the money and issued an order for his arrest. Yesterday, a sheriff apprehended Mr. Racer and brought him before the judge.
When Mr. Racer informed Justice Schack that he needed several days to get the money, the judge sentenced him to jail for civil contempt for six months unless he produced the funds before then, Ms. Holloway said.
Mr. Racer was remanded to the custody of the sheriff, and another court date was set for tomorrow at which Mr. Racer will have another opportunity to purge himself of the contempt, Ms. Holloway said.