I'm sure you're right, the thug would do just that.
Being held in contempt by the judge is not appeal-able to any other court although I suspect that political pressure could possibly be applied to the judges supervisors or superiors.
However, in that case, that would constitute an additional contempt order.
Wouldn't it be something if Obama by exercising undue pressure upon a court to overturn it's ruling winds up in contempt itself.
Normal court decisions can be appealed up to the supreme court, but contempt decrees can not.
Do a google search on contempt of court, there is an article about a man imprisoned for 14 years before finally being released. That contempt decree was for failure to follow a judges order.
It would be really something to see the thugs thrown in prison for contempt. However, the powers to be would probably cover their tracks to prevent any possibility of that happening.