Michigan Judge Holds Self in Contempt of Court During Hearing [VIDEO]
I guess when Ionia County 64A District Court Judge Raymond Voet posted the policy that says electronic devices that cause a disturbance during court sessions will result in the owner being cited with contempt, he mean business. And that rule applies to everyone, including the Judge.
On Friday afternoon while a prosecutor’s was giving their closing argument during a jury trial, Judge Voet’s smartphone began to emit sounds and making request for voice commands. The Judge had just switched from a Blackberry to a new touchscreen phone thinks he bumped the phone. But that didn’t stop the judge from finding himself in contempt and ordering a $25 fine be paid, saying “I don’t take those excuses from anyone else. I set the bar high, because cellphones are a distraction and there is very serious business going on,” the judge also added “Judges are humans, and they’re not above the rules. I broke the rule and I have to live by it.” Good to see at least ONE elected official is playing by the rules.
[Source: ABC News]