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Judge: Juror committed contempt at murder trial

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A Shawnee County District Judge says a Topeka man committed indirect contempt by posting online comments while serving as a juror in a murder trial.

James Reeder was ordered Monday to either pay a $1,000 fine within 30 days or serve three days in jail.

Reeder was a juror in the summer of 2012 in the murder trial of Anceo Stovall. During the trial, he posted a comment on The Topeka Capital-Journal's website, which disobeyed orders from the judge.

Reeder's attorney argued during Monday's hearing that Reeder believed he did no harm by posting the comments.

The Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/117Sshq ) indirect contempt is disobeying a judge's order either outside the courtroom or the judge's presence. Direct contempt is disobeying the order in the judge's presence.