Crime & Justice

Lawyer for woman punched by CHP officer jailed for contempt

File: Marlene Pinnock, left, poses with her attorney, Caree Harper during an interview Sunday Aug. 10, 2014 in Los Angeles. Pinnock, a homeless woman was beaten by a CHP officer in July 2014. The Los Angeles Times says Harper was sanctioned Monday in Los Angeles for refusing to say how she met Marlene Pinnock and when she learned the woman might be mentally incompetent.
File: Marlene Pinnock, left, poses with her attorney, Caree Harper during an interview Sunday Aug. 10, 2014 in Los Angeles. Pinnock, a homeless woman was beaten by a CHP officer in July 2014. The Los Angeles Times says Harper was sanctioned Monday in Los Angeles for refusing to say how she met Marlene Pinnock and when she learned the woman might be mentally incompetent.
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The lawyer for a bipolar woman who was beaten by a California Highway Patrol officer has been declared incontempt of court and sent to jail until she answers questions from a federal judge.

The Los Angeles Times says Caree Harper was sanctioned Monday in Los Angeles for refusing to say how she met Marlene Pinnock and when she learned the woman might be mentally incompetent.

She'd earlier been ordered not to spend any more of her client's money from a $1.5 million settlement without the judge's approval.

Pinnock was caught on video being repeatedly punched while resisting arrest after she walked into Los Angeles freeway lanes last July.

No criminal charges were filed.

The CHP paid $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit and the officer resigned.