Adam Stoddard, bow your head in shame. Pay a fine. Take some classes. But skip the apology.
That's the guts of what the court of appeals said.
Adam Stoddard is, of course, the detention officer who felt it his duty to read and then copy confidential communication between a criminal defendant and his lawyer. In open court. While the defendant's lawyer was giving her sentencing speech to the judge. Ignored by judge and prosecutors.
There was, you recall, a hearing where Stoddard was found in indirect civil contempt and ordered to apologize to Joanne Cuccia (the lawyer whose files he invaded) or go to jail. Encouraged by his boss, Sheriff Joe, Stoddard refused to apologize. Instead, he went off to jail