Richard Fine, a Beverly Hills attorney who specializes in a kind of taxpayer advocacy, has been detained for over a year for being in contempt of court. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Yaffe jailed him for refusing to disclose pertinent information about his personal finances when he was ordered to pay sanctions and fines relating to a case in Yaffe's courtroom.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Fine's petition to end his confinement. Fine has filed habeas corpus petitions, from his jail cell, at the district, Ninth Circuit and California Supreme Court level. Fine alleges that Yaffe is biased against him because of his work on advocating against judicial perks.
According to the LAT, Fine intends to continue his battle, despite the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to take up his petition "effectively [puts] an end to his dogged legal quest." Fine was disbarred by the California Supreme Court last year.