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Congressional candidate Lou Ann Zelenik faces charge

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A Republican candidate for Congress in Tennessee is facing a charge of contempt of court after not showing up for a subpoena.

Lou Ann Zelenik, a Republican Congressional candidate vying for U.S. Rep. Diane Black's seat, is also a witness in a lawsuit.

Zelenik was supposed to give a deposition earlier this month where she would have to swear under oath.  The case is a civil suit involving State Rep. Mae Beavers and the Macon County Chronicle.

During the deposition, lawyers wanted to ask questions to gather information before for a trial. Zelenik canceled at the last minute, saying she was too busy campaigning.

Now, the lawyer who issued the subpoena, Keith Williams of Lebanon, wants Zelenik punished for contempt of court.

Zelenik's lawyers said the matter is all about politics.

"Ms. Zelenik deposition was rescheduled for Aug. 8. That's undisputed," said Zelenik's attorney Lee Davies.

Davies said it's puzzling that after an August postponement was agreed upon, Williams requested a contempt charge anyway.

Davies calls the situation harassment.

"I've been practicing for 30 years. I'm at a loss for why a lawyer would file a petition like this after the judge has ruled, and after an agreement by all parties for her to appear on a certain date," said Lee Davies, Zelenik's attorney.

Williams has not returned Channel 4's phone calls.

A criminal contempt charge can have some serious consequences including 10 days in jail. There will be a hearing on that charge in September.

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