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Judge Fines Himself for Smartphone Disturbance in Court

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No one is above the rules.

These days, it's hardly surprising to hear that a Michigan judge found himself in contempt of court after his cell phone interrupted court proceedings. After all, we live in a constantly connected world, right? That said, it is strange that Judge Raymond Voet held himself in contempt of court.

The AP (via Huffington Post) reports that Voet fined himself for the interruption after his smartphone went off during a prosecutor's closing argument on Friday. Apparently, Voet's Windows Phone started requesting voice commands with no warning. Voet reckons he must have bumped the phone by accident, but he wasn't about to let himself off the hook that easily. Voet has a policy against the use of electronics in his court. This policy states that the owner of any electronic devices causing a disturbance during court sessions will be cited with contempt. His logic is that if he can't live by his own rules, how can he expect others to abide them? He fined himself $25 during a break in the proceedings.

"Judges are humans," The AP cites Voet said. "They're not above the rules. I broke the rule and I have to live by it."

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    rb420 , April 16, 2013 8:34 AM
    Would be nice if more people in positions of power had that kind of integrity
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    the great randini , April 16, 2013 8:43 AM
    I wish he would run for office. My new hero.
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    rb420 , April 16, 2013 8:34 AM
    Would be nice if more people in positions of power had that kind of integrity
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    whiteodian , April 16, 2013 8:34 AM
    Having served Jury Duty a few times, this doesn't surprise me. The judge and bailiffs constantly remind jurors to have their devices powered off and in some cases will collect them prior to us going into the courtroom. For the judge to let himself off the hook, that would be counter to what he stands for in upholding laws/rules.
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    the great randini , April 16, 2013 8:43 AM
    I wish he would run for office. My new hero.
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    Tuishimi , April 16, 2013 9:07 AM
    Funny! Good for him.
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    Anomalyx , April 16, 2013 9:07 AM
    It is sad that something like this is so unusual that it warrants being in the news. Where have morals and sensibility gone these days?
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    edogawa , April 16, 2013 10:17 AM
    Nice, this guy has my respect, only if everyone had that kind of integrity.
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    internetlad , April 16, 2013 10:23 AM
    faith in humanity. . . rising. . . rising.
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    slomo4sho , April 16, 2013 10:31 AM
    Nothing more powerful than leading by example.
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    Marcus52 , April 16, 2013 10:34 AM
    /respect for Judge Voet.
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    halcyon , April 16, 2013 11:23 AM
    25 whole dollars eh? ...to get good, "I play by my own rules" PR. I'm sure he thinks it was a good investment. Me? Not impressed. Pay the fine like that when its $2,500 and I'll have some respect.
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    RyQril , April 16, 2013 11:36 AM
    that judge deserves a medal
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    velocityg4 , April 16, 2013 1:08 PM
    If only politicians would follow his example. Then we'd have fewer laws.
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    MisterZ , April 16, 2013 6:42 PM
    Quote:
    25 whole dollars eh? ...to get good, "I play by my own rules" PR. I'm sure he thinks it was a good investment. Me? Not impressed. Pay the fine like that when its $2,500 and I'll have some respect.


    10 thumbs up.
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    Mike Friesen , April 16, 2013 7:36 PM
    More than 20 likes? Awesome!!!
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    tim1935 , April 17, 2013 11:20 AM
    S&M alive in the courtroom.