Judge fines himself for contempt after his smartphone disrupts court

Judge fines himself for contempt after his smartphone disrupts court
Judge Raymond Voet in Michigan has a policy in his courtroom posted for all to see. In Ionia County 64A District Court, any owner of an electronic device that goes off in the middle of court and creates a disturbance, will be cited for contempt of court. The judge must have been livid when he heard a phone asking for voice commands right in the middle of a prosecutor's closing argument. Then, he realized it was his own phone and his emotion changed to one of embarrassment.

It seems that Judge Voet had been a BlackBerry man for years and wasn't familiar with these new-fangled touch screen phones and might have set it off by accidentally bumping into it. "I'm guessing I bumped it. It started talking really loud, saying 'I can't understand you. Say something like Mom,'" he said. Still, he had no choice but to fine himself $25 for contempt of court during a break, even if it was an accident.


In the past, the judge has taken away handsets from cops, attorneys, witnesses and friends. His final words on the matter? "Judges are humans," he said. "They're not above the rules. I broke the rule and I have to live by it."

source: AP, Telegraph via Pocketlint

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28 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. Props to the judge for living by his rule.

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Hmm.....this is an embarrassing and bad news for the judge! Anyway, is there anyone gonna say OBJECTION right now? :)

4. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Sustained!

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

OBJECTION! Nope, just kidding! lol :)

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Order order i say

10. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Overruled! xD

13. procopiojose

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

shut up and take my money!!

16. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Huh? xD

29. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

OBJECTION!!

20. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Over ruled :)

21. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Where's the guy with the Phoenix Wright avatar?

19. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

It's not bad news for the judge. As he says, he's human, he made a mistake, he's paid for it (literally), and he's moved on. It's not a big deal, and only worthy of the article because of the ironic humor.

28. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Dude, this is a joke! :)

3. jaabubby

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 16, 2010

He'll use that as fodder when he runs for Superior Court judge! lol Nice move judge!

6. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

For the record, it was Windows Phone OS.

11. aguilitas

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Yeah. Wonder why PhoneArena missed this detail...

17. tedkord

Posts: 17454; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Because it had nothing to do with the story?

26. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

because it would just serve to be bait for whoever hates said phone type.

7. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Only 25$ thats chump change. At least he admits wat hes doin is wrong

14. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

It wasn't about the money. It was about the message

9. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

anyone else he would of fined them $500 i bet

12. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

This is the awsomest judge ever. Just the fact that the fined himself deserves a +1.

15. procopiojose

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

"In the past, the judge has taken away handsets from cops, attorneys, witnesses and friends." So.... If it is committed by others, he will take the handset away. If he does it, it will be just a $25 fine?? hmmmm.. I can sense special treatment in the air.. (deep breath) I'll dig deeper into this case and contact my best buddy Chuck fuc*** Norris. In case thing get messy..

18. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Well... could have been worse. Imagine a booty call...

22. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Props to the judge.

23. axllebeer

Posts: 272; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

Did he also confiscate his own phone for the remainder of the session? ;)

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

A man of integrity.

30. Abbath

Posts: 99; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

self pah-pah-pah-PAWNAGE! *Quake voice* P.S: jokes aside kudos to the judge for playing by the rules

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