Man Allegedly Violated Contempt Order Twice

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Salt Lake City man has been ordered to undergo a mental-health evaluation after he allegedly violated a contempt order twice.

Fifty-five-year-old Cliff Panos, who had been warned to have no contact with any judges or Supreme Court justices, was in court on Friday. He allegedly violated the order after he allegedly mailed several letters to the justices and a judge in August and September.

Panos was originally found in contempt earlier this year for harassing judges and court staff. He spent five days in jail.

Court officials say Panos may be the first person to be found in contempt by the Utah Supreme Court for repeated harassment through phone calls and letters at the justices' offices and homes.

On Friday, the judge ordered Panos to serve ten days in jail and to submit to a 60-day mental review. A review hearing was set for December.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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