H. Beatty Chadwick and Zuzu's Petals
Every year defrocked attorney H. Beatty Chadwick petitions a Delaware County court to be released from prison - it's been 14 years now - and every year he has been turned down.
He is turned down because he refuses to sign the paperwork that would allow for a proper search or the millions of dollars he hid during his divorce proceedings.
He has consistently lied to every judge he has petitioned for release. Despite bouts of Hodgkins lymphoma, he has outlived several of the judges who have heard his appeals and denied them.
One of those judges, Joe Battle, said Chadwick had the keys to his own jail cell from day one. And he has.
He remains in contempt of court every day he refuses to abide the court order that caught up with him 14 years ago - an order he arrogantly and flagrantly ignored - playing a Catch-Me-If-You-Can game with authorities for a year.
He was apprehended in a dentist's chair, taken to Delaware prison and that's where he's been ever since.
I have visited Chadwick in prison. He is no Jimmy Stewart or George Bailey. He may be a model prisoner but he is also manipulative and deceitful.
Now 72 years old, his goal in life seems to be to go down as the most stubborn man in history. He has set the record for the longest contempt case in American jurisprudence. Someone call the Guinness people.
But Chadwick deserves no pity or sympathy. He stays in jail voluntarily. He's made his bed, he can lie in it, as he has everynight for the past 14 years.