New Canaan executive sentenced to 30 days for contempt
Published 10:10 am, Thursday, April 14, 2011
NORWALK -- A family court judge sentenced a New Canaan man to 30 days in jail for contempt of court during a hearing at state Superior Court in Norwalk Wednesday.
Michael Nowacki, 58, of Lost District Drive, was to appear before Judge Referee Jack Grogins on disorderly conduct, harassment and violating a court protective order charges when he announced he had a few things to put on the record.
Grogins told Nowacki he wanted to concentrate on the court's business first and soon got around to asking him why he has not abided by the judge's order for a psychiatric evaluation.
Nowacki, a former vice president of advertising sales for daytime and children's programming at CBS television, told Grogins he did not do the evaluation and would never do so.
Grogins appeared to become irritated when he asked Nowacki questions, but Nowacki did not give him the desired responses.
On two occasions Grogins warned Nowacki, who has decided not to hire a defense attorney and is representing himself in court, that he risked being held in contempt if he did not respond to the court's questions and kept speaking over the judge.
Getting louder, Nowacki then told Grogins that because he had already filed a grievance against the judge for ordering the evaluation he had no power over him in regard to the evaluation.
As Nowacki repeated his claim that Grogins was violating the rules of judicial conduct, Grogins found him in contempt and ordered him to spend the next 30 days in jail.
Among other arrests that include a breach of peace charge for creating a disturbance at New Canaan Town Hall last June, Nowacki is fighting harassment and breach of peace charges he picked up in February 2010, when he followed his ex-wife and child in New Canaan.
Nowacki claims he was only trying to communicate with them about a family matter and he was wrongly arrested by New Canaan police.