No. 90-8030.

932 F.2d 1397 (1991)

In re Roger NOVAK, Appellant.

United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.

June 7, 1991.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

David R. Smith, Wayne L. Durden, Savannah, Ga., for appellant.

Hinton R. Pierce, U.S. Atty., William H. McAbee, II, Miriam Nabors Banks, Savannah, Ga., for U.S.

Before TJOFLAT, Chief Judge, FAY, Circuit Judge, and HOFFMAN, Senior District Judge.

TJOFLAT, Chief Judge:

Roger Novak appeals his conviction for criminal contempt. Novak, an employee of the insurer for the defendants to a legal malpractice suit, willfully failed to comply with a district court's order directing him to appear before the court at a pretrial conference to facilitate settlement discussions. Although we conclude that the district court lacked the authority to issue that order, we nevertheless affirm Novak's conviction for criminal contempt...

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