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Contempt is essentially a bit of a "catch" all offense that is broad enough to cover a multitude of actions.
Under Iowa law, there are several "acts" that can constitute contempt. They include:
1. Engaging in contemptuous or insolent behavior toward such court while engaged in the discharge of a judicial duty which may tend to impair the respect due to its authority.
2. Willfully calculating to interrupt the due course of its official proceedings.
3. Resisting, through unlawful means, to any order or process made or issued by it.
4. Disobeying any subpoena issued by a Court or refusing to be sworn or to answer as a witness.
5. Unlawfully detaining a witness or party to an action or proceeding pending before such court, while going to or remaining at the place where the action or proceeding is thus pending, after being summoned, or knowingly assisting, aiding or abetting any person in evading service of the process of such court.
OR (this is the catch-all)
6. Engaging in any other act or omission specially declared a contempt by law.
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