Monday, April 22, 2013

Judge Holds Himself in Contempt for Using Cell Phone


From the WSJ Law Blog:

For more than five years, Ionia County’s chief district judge in Michigan has zealously enforced a “one strike, you’re out” policy. The rule applies to what he considers an inexcusable breach of courtroom decorum — the squawk of an unsilenced cellphone.

When he hears a ring, beep or chime, Judge Raymond Voet confiscates the phone, holds the owner in contempt of court, and makes the person fork over $25 to get it back. “I can’t stand cellphones ringing or making noises,” the judge told Law Blog. “I’ve taken phones from lawyers, cops, witnesses, members of the public, and the media.”

He can now add himself to that list. . . . .

You can read more here.


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