Former Belmont County Commissioner Mark Thomas appeared in court, having served 29 of his 30 days in jail for contempt of court.
Judge John Vavra noted that Thomas gets out tomorrow and said “we’ll put that behind us,” but the judge said the civil case is far from over. Thomas still needs to produce missing documents from his case files involving a former client.
Attorney Don Tenant said he is now representing Thomas pro bono, and that his client still needs more time to find the files.
“You do acknowledge that under oath he swore he would provide all this information by November 30, 2018?” the judge asked Tenant.
Tenant said he wasn’t on the case at that time. The judge said there’s a credibility issue here.
“You’re asking us to allow him credibility in the future if in fact he says I can’t find it or I don’t have it or I can’t locate it or it doesn’t exist?” Judge Vavra asked.
“His failure to hire a lawyer to communicate timely to the court and otherwise himself to communicate timely to the court was in fact something that he should have done a better job at doing and he recognizes that,” Tenant responded.
In the end, the judge agreed to grant Thomas a new deadline of March 15.