As of Tuesday, March 6, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Gwinnett woman says an attorney's harsh language toward her in court prompted his arrest last week on felony contempt charges, as official record of the incident remains elusive.
Mary Boza told the Daily Post she was in court Tuesday for a matter related to a drawn-out divorce when her ex-husband's attorney, Jeff Sliz, lashed out at her. According to a Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department incident report, Judge Robert Rodatus ordered a deputy to take Sliz into custody after finding him "in direct contempt."
Sliz was arrested without incident and released on his own recognizance later that day.
Boza was in court less than 15 minutes that day when Sliz exhibited "belligerent behavior and language toward me," she wrote in an email. Deputies asked the judge to leave the courtroom and ordered Sliz to calm down, then arrested him when the judge returned and held him in contempt, Boza said.
"I have never been involved in a situation such as this, and to say I was distressed is an understatement," Boza wrote.
Calls for comment left at the offices of Sliz and the judge have not been returned.
No documentation for the arrest had been filed in court Monday. Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter said all he'd heard of the incident was what had circulated as courthouse rumor.
Sliz has been a State Bar of Georgia member since 1975, where he's listed in good standing with no disciplinary record. He's worked some of Gwinnett's most blockbuster criminal cases in recent years.