Judge Holds Himself in Contempt in Own Courtroom

by Christopher Freeburn | April 16, 2013 9:53 am

blackberry broken rim rimm 630 300x202 Judge Holds Himself in Contempt in Own Courtroom[1]Talk about falling afoul of your own rules[2].

A judge in Michigan, who has long posted a rule banning noisy electronic devices in his court, was embarrassed on Friday when his BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY[3]) smartphone began talking to him in the middle of court proceedings. Noting that he wasn’t above his own rules, Judge Raymond Voet found himself in contempt of court and fined himself $25, the Associated Press noted.

The incident occurred as a trial was in progress, and smack in the middle of the prosecution’s closing argument. The phone loudly announced that it didn’t understand the judge’s instructions and asked him to repeat his question.

Voet doesn’t know exactly why the BlackBerry started talking to him, but figures he must have jostled it in some way.

In the past, Voet has confiscated noisy cell phones from court staff, spectators and litigants.

In March, the Federal Communications Commission cited two marketing firms for sending millions of unwanted automated “robocalls” to mobile phones in violation of federal regulations[4].

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/blackberry-broken-rim-rimm-630.jpg
  2. falling afoul of your own rules: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_ODD_JUDGES_PHONE_FINE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-04-15-15-40-32
  3. BBRY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=BBRY
  4. in violation of federal regulations: http://investorplace.com/2013/03/fcc-cracks-down-on-mobile-phone-robocallers/

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