Monday, December 17, 2012

Noise-Sensitive Judge Gets Five Days Without Pay

The Maryland Court of Appeals has imposed the consent discipline of a five-day suspension without pay, to be served within 30 days, of a district court judge.

The Baltimore Sun reports:

A Baltimore County judge has agreed to a five-day unpaid suspension, admitting that he was wrong to summarily find 28 people in contempt for courtroom disruptions — including two dozen fined and threatened with jail time after their cellphones sounded in his courtroom.

District Judge Norman Stone III also will be on administrative probation for two years.

Maryland's top court signed off late Friday on the agreement between Stone, 54, and the Commission on Judicial Disabilities. His attorney acknowledged that Stone had exceeded his authority by sentencing people for contempt without allowing them to fully defend themselves in court. At least two people were jailed for slamming doors.

(Mike Frisch)

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