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Jailed 14 years for contempt

July 11, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A Pennsylvania attorney was released from prison after serving the longest term for a civil contempt charge in U.S. history.

A judge ordered H. Beatty Chadwick's release from a county prison in suburban Philadelphia more than 14 years after he was jailed for refusing to turn over millions of dollars in a bitter divorce.

Chadwick, who is in his early 70s, was jailed in April 1995, accused of hiding $2.5 million during divorce proceedings. He maintained he lost the money in bad investments.

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