Video: Judge jails his court reporter

updated 3/13/2007 5:40:02 PM ET 2007-03-13T21:40:02

A court stenographer was sent to jail when she didn't finish a trial transcript needed for the appeal of a convicted rapist.

Ann Margaret Smith was jailed Friday for contempt of court. Circuit Judge Charles Greene noted that Smith failed for months to finish the transcript and missed a final deadline in February. She also failed to produce the transcript at her contempt hearing.

But Smith was released from jail Sunday night and placed under house arrest until she finishes the final 400 pages of the 1,500-page transcript.

Smith told the judge she wasn't getting the work done in jail because she was worried about her three children at home.

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