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In view of discussions concerning "The Law's Delays" which have been had before several Bar Association meetings lately, the case of In re McHugh, 116 N. W. 459, decided by the Supreme Court of Michigan, is of interest. In this case two attorneys had been summoned by the trial court to answer a charge of contempt in failing to appear in court on the day set for the trial of one accused of murder whose defense they had undertaken, their failure to appear being alleged to be "for the purpose of obstructing the course of justice." After a hearing they were found guilty of contempt and each was fined two hundred and fifty dollars, one of them being sentenced, in addition, to imprisonment for thirty days. The Supreme Court affirmed the contempt proceedings of the trial court.