Jim Palmer found in contempt; told to pay legal fees


Hall of Famer Jim Palmer was found in contempt of court and ordered to pay $13,500 in legal fees yesterday for failing to live up to the terms of his divorce in May.

Baltimore Circuit Judge James T. Smith, Jr. cited Palmer for contempt for failing to transfer $175,000 from his pension fund to his ex-wife, Joan H. Palmer.

Smith also ordered Palmer, a former Oriole pitcher, to pay Joan Palmer's legal fees within 30 days.

The couple were divorced in May after a 10-year marriage.

Under terms of a settlement agreement reached in May, the couple's condominium in Juno Beach, Fla., and their house in the Brooklandville section of Baltimore County will be put up for sale.

Under terms of the settlement, Palmer must make mortgage payments on both properties until July 31. The agreement also recognizes the validity of a prenuptial agreement that was signed by the couple April 5, 1990, two days before their marriage.

Smith's three-page order, issued yesterday, also allows the three-time Cy Young Award winner to walk through the Baltimore County home to identify property that belongs to him. The order gives Joan Palmer the same right in the Florida home.

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