Friday, March 2, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- A prominent Lawrenceville attorney known for a blustery courtroom presence and representing high-profile clients was arrested in court this week on felony contempt charges.
Jeff Sliz, 61, was taken into custody Tuesday in Gwinnett Juvenile Court Judge Robert Rodatus' courtroom. Charged with contempt of court, Sliz was released on his own recognizance the same day.
According to a Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department incident report, the judge ordered a deputy to take Sliz into custody after finding him "in direct contempt." Sliz was arrested without incident, the report states.
The exact circumstances leading to Sliz's arrest weren't clear Friday.
Calls for comment left for Sliz and the judge were not returned. A representative at Rodatus's office said she wasn't authorized to speak on the matter.
Sliz has been a State Bar of Georgia member since 1975, where he's listed in good standing with no disciplinary record.
Sliz has worked some of Gwinnett's most blockbuster criminal cases in recent years.
In 2010, Sliz clashed with Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter during the weeklong trial of former Duluth police Officer Jay Dailey, who was convicted of shooting a Fulton County officer and attacking motorists during a roadside rampage.
That same year, Sliz represented Gainesville resident Cody Rhoden. He pleaded guilty to causing a wreck that killed four family members on Interstate 85 and is serving 40 years in prison. Sliz also earned an acquittal for Laurie Alexander, who'd been charged with knifing her husband to death in their Dacula kitchen.