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Man ups ante in probation violation case, is jailed after allegedly taking judge's photo


A defendant who apparently didn’t get the memo about not using cellphones in court was taken into custody Wednesday at a suburban Chicago courthouse after allegedly snapping photos of the judge.

Already in court to defend a probation violation case, Calvin Woods, 25, told deputies that he was bored and had planned to put the photos online to prove to his girlfriend that he was in court, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Cook County Circuit Judge Thomas M. Davy ordered Woods held until his next court date, on April 26.

Earlier this week, a cellphone ban went into effect at Chicago’s main courthouse, at 26th Street and California Avenue. However, at other courthouses the rule is simply that they are not supposed to be used in court.

See also:

ABAJournal.com: “Courthouse screeners enforce ban on cellphones … and a pet duck”

ABAJournal.com: “Oops. Judge holds himself in contempt when his own cellphone rings during court hearing”

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