For thirteen months, the Los Angeles Superior Court has held attorney Richard I. Fine, a taxpayer advocate from Tarzana, California, in solitary confinement at the Men's Central Jail for contempt of court for reasons of coercive confinement. Superior Court Judge David Yaffe, who ordered the attorney's disbarment and arrest, claimed Fine withheld personal financial information directly relating to a real estate development case in which he was representing the defendants. Fine's case is now being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Jayne Ressler, an expert in coercive confinement cases, said, "The fact the Supreme Court is involved in any way is a big deal. It certainly speaks volumes to the importance of this case, and it's quite intriguing."