Judge fines self over cellphone
A judge in Michigan held himself to the law, fining himself after his cellphone went off in court.
District Judge Raymond Voet has a strict policy against cellphones, stating that any electronic device causing a disturbance in court will result in a fine and contempt of court citation, the Sentinel-Standard of Iona reported.
During closing arguments in a domestic violence trial last Friday, Voet's touchscreen smartphone began asking him for voice commands from his shirt pocket.
"I'm guessing I bumped it. It started talking really loud, saying 'I can't understand you. Say something like Mom,'" Voet told the Sentinel-Standard. "My face got as red as a beet."
During the next recess, Voet held himself in contempt of court and paid $25 for the infraction, according to MLive.com.
"Judges are humans," he told MLive.com. "They're not above the rules. I broke the rule and I have to live by it."