Prominent Brisbane barrister Sam Di Carlo urged his friend, former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale, to stand at the upcoming by-election despite facing extortion charges.
Mr Di Carlo made the comments as he left the Brisbane Supreme Court on Wednesday, where he was fined $4000 for contemptuous remarks to a magistrate last year.
As he walked from the precinct, the barrister told reporters he had encouraged Mr Pisasale, who announced his shock resignation in June and is now facing criminal charges, to nominate for the upcoming mayoral election.
"I encouraged him to (renominate). I think the people should judge him, not anybody else," Mr Di Carlo said, describing his friend as "kind" and "passionate".
"And I think he should've gone out there and said listen I'm going to run because I still have the passion.
"(And) when I get better, I will be there and I will do as best as I can, and if I'm found guilty or if you people judge me, then I'm happy to follow your judgment."
Nominations for the Ipswich posting closed recently and locals are set to head to the polls in mid-August.
Earlier this year, Mr Di Carlo came forward claiming $50,000 in cash that Mr Pisasale was found with at Melbourne airport belonged to a client of his.
Mr Pisasale had announced his resignation citing complications linked to multiple sclerosis the day before.
On Wednesday, Mr Di Carlo described the cash incident as "innocent" but said, in hindsight, it could have been "better thought out".
In court, barrister Shane Doyle QC, for Mr Di Carlo, said he had reflected on his conduct and acknowledged the need to temper his emotions.
But Mr Doyle said it was noteworthy that the 60-year-old had been acting in the interests of his client at the time.
References from former clients also painted him as a "compassionate" legal professional with "an established willingness" to act for those in need including on a pro bono basis, he said.
Chief Justice Catherine Holmes noted all lawyers experienced frustration at times but found Mr Di Carlo's remarks - namely, telling the magistrate "that's why you don't do things according to law" - did amount to contempt.
She fined him $4000, to be paid within three months, and ordered he pay the applicant's legal costs.