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Martinsburg attorney indicted on criminal contempt charge

December 23, 2006

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg attorney was indicted this month on a charge of criminal contempt after she allegedly disobeyed a grand jury-issued subpoena to appear in court and produce requested items, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Heidi Janelle Silver Myers, 28, of 1314 W. King St. in Martinsburg, was indicted on the charge on Dec. 13, but a press release was not issued until Friday.

The release indicates that the subpoena was issued Dec. 5 and that Myers failed to appear in court "and produce requested documents and items."

The release did not indicate what documents or items were requested, nor did it indicate what prompted the underlying investigation.

No additional information about the case could be obtained Friday. The release indicated that the U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigated.

A message left Friday at Myers' office, Myers Law Group at 235 S. Queen St. in Martinsburg, was not returned. Myers' practice includes working as a court-appointed attorney for those charged with criminal offenses.

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Conviction on a charge of criminal contempt carries a possible sentence of up to life in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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