Trials & Litigation
Judge fines defendant $50 over ringing cellphone ... then has to pay another $50 himself
Posted Oct 9, 2013 5:35 PM CST
By Martha Neil
A Michigan judge who has a sign in his courtroom since May warning visitors they'll be held in contempt if a cellphone rings, didn't hesitate to lower the boom on Friday when a defendant being sentenced in a credit card case violated the rule as his lawyer was speaking to the court.
The defendant's phone was seized, and he could only get it back by paying a $50 sanction, according to the Lansing State Journal.
Then the jurist's own cellphone rang five minutes later.
“I reached in my pocket, pulled out 50 bucks, gave it to my court officer and she took it upstairs,” said Lansing District Judge High Clarke Jr. A receipt shows the fine was paid at 10:29 a.m.
A similar incident happened to another Michigan judge in April:
Hat tip: Associated Press