Florida bankruptcy judge criticized for ordering jail time

A U.S. bankruptcy judge in Fort Lauderdale is causing controversy after sending at least ten people to jail, including two lawyers, reports the ABA Journal. While Judge John Olson is described as “brilliant,” his actions, including sanctioning several lawyers, are drawing scrutiny. Judge Olson has ordered several attorneys to pay fees or risk being banned from bankruptcy court. One lawyer jailed by the judge, Lawrence Wrenn, says while Olson might be brilliant, Wrenn believes he’s “power mad.” Another attorney ordered detained by Olson, Tina Talarchik, filed a court motion saying Olson’s actions “give rise to an appearance of partiality, antagonism, vengeance and other judicially inappropriate conduct.” Some people are questioning whether Olson actually has the authority to send people to jail.