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(Wall Street Journal)   Michigan judge fines himself $50 after his cellphone goes off during a sentencing hearing   (blogs.wsj.com) divider line 43
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2013-10-10 12:25:58 PM
cool nice to see a little fairness
 
2013-10-10 01:34:43 PM
Bailiff, whack his pee pee!
 
2013-10-10 02:19:09 PM
I bet many judges are in contempt of their own courts.
 
2013-10-10 02:20:25 PM
I once kicked myself out of my own meeting after my cell phone went off, despite my "If your cell phone goes off during the meeting, you will be asked to leave" rule, so I'm getting a kick and all that.
 
2013-10-10 02:21:21 PM

FitzShivering: I once kicked myself out of my own meeting after my cell phone went off, despite my "If your cell phone goes off during the meeting, you will be asked to leave" rule, so I'm getting a kick and all that.


Sounds like a great way to get out of meetings.
 
2013-10-10 02:23:02 PM

blatz514: FitzShivering: I once kicked myself out of my own meeting after my cell phone went off, despite my "If your cell phone goes off during the meeting, you will be asked to leave" rule, so I'm getting a kick and all that.

Sounds like a great way to get out of meetings.


yeah for that threat to work wouldn't the meetings actually have to be somewhere people want to be?
 
2013-10-10 02:24:08 PM
You're out of order! You're out of order! The whole trial is out of order!
 
2013-10-10 02:33:06 PM

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: I bet many judges are in contempt of their own courts.


Most people who have ever been subjected to the tender mercies of the legal system for things that didn't hurt anybody also are in contempt of the courts.
 
2013-10-10 02:33:46 PM
Was his ringtone "I Fought the Law and the Law Won"?
 
2013-10-10 02:33:46 PM
A booty call is a booty call, trial be damned.
 
GBB
2013-10-10 02:34:52 PM
*ring*
"Sorry folks, that's mine.  And as such, I find my self in Contempt.  Fine: $50.  Objection!  Overruled!"
*Gavel bang*
"Counselor, continue."
 
2013-10-10 02:41:40 PM

GBB: *ring*
"Sorry folks, that's mine.  And as such, I find my self in Contempt.  Fine: $50.  Objection!  Overruled!"
*Gavel bang*
"Counselor, continue."


I loled for real
 
2013-10-10 02:43:53 PM
Should just use the Law and Order dun-dun sound as your ring tone and nobody would've noticed.
 
2013-10-10 02:48:45 PM
I was in court not very long ago...  The prosecuting attorney (the guy who's there every day), makes a little speech as court comes into session:  "Cell phone interruptions are not allowed.  This does not mean 'on vibrate'.  This means 'either in complete silence mode, or turned off.  If I hear anything from your cell phone, it will be confiscated and kept with the court's secretary until the end of the day, even if your case is done.  You can retrieve it then, and of course you will be giving the township a small monetary gift."

I never doubted for a moment that he was completely serious.  And neither did anyone else.  Not one cell phone made a peep.
 
2013-10-10 02:49:41 PM
Dumb trivia time. Stephen Root has twice played the role of a judge: once in 'Idiocracy' and once on 'Justified'.
 
2013-10-10 02:49:58 PM

flynn80: Should just use the Law and Order dun-dun sound as your ring tone and nobody would've noticed.


I heard tell of a fellow who used a cough as his ring tone.
 
2013-10-10 02:54:12 PM
A few months back I was in court with my son to help him through his trespassing citation. Waiting around was boring so I got my phone out and started up my FPS zombie game. Well I didn't realize that the media volume was up all the way and when the game boots up it sounds just like a gun racking. I thought that may cause me trouble.
 
2013-10-10 02:55:10 PM

durbnpoisn: I was in court not very long ago...  The prosecuting attorney (the guy who's there every day), makes a little speech as court comes into session:  "Cell phone interruptions are not allowed.  This does not mean 'on vibrate'.  This means 'either in complete silence mode, or turned off.  If I hear anything from your cell phone, it will be confiscated and kept with the court's secretary until the end of the day, even if your case is done.  You can retrieve it then, and of course you will be giving the township a small monetary gift."

I never doubted for a moment that he was completely serious.  And neither did anyone else.  Not one cell phone made a peep.


I had a court date and my idiot boss said "make sure you have your phone in case we need to call you."

I said "you've been in court with your son a dozen times. You really think leaving a cell phone on in court is a good idea?" She still told me to leave it on.

I did and left it in my car. biatch even called when she knew I'd be in the courtroom. She tried writing me up but HR ripped it up in front of her face. Heh

/it was hell after that
 
2013-10-10 02:59:28 PM
Moved out of Lansing recently after 20 years there. Clarke is seen as a good and fair judge. This didn't surprise me at all.
 
2013-10-10 03:00:12 PM
No "Hero" tag?
 
2013-10-10 03:11:29 PM
A lot of courthouses prohibit the public* from even having mobile phones in the building (or beyond the lobby if there are vending machine type lock-up machines).

DuPage County initially expanded their no-cameras rule to include no mobiles with built-in cameras, but now that's effectively all mobiles.

Vermilion County prohibits mobiles.

Cook County implemented a ban this year, excluding the Daley Center,** because of allegations of witness intimidation and tampering.


*attorneys, cops, court employees, et cet. exempted, but even they are prohibited from allowing the devices to ring in-court.

**the Daley Center is excluded for myriad reasons.  The number of people entering is just too overwhelming and there's not enough room to have those lock-up vending machine things.  Virtually no one drives to that court-house as it is in the middle of the Loop, so telling someone to take their phone out to their car and lock it up isn't an option.  The types of trials there are not generally of the sort where witness intimidation is really an issue.  The types of trials there are such that attorneys often have support staff with them and need to have their support staff able to communicate with the office (and support staff are not exempted from the prohibition).  All-in-all, it is impracticable and unnecessary there.
 
2013-10-10 03:12:19 PM
A man of integrity. No future in politics then.
 
GBB
2013-10-10 03:14:48 PM

durbnpoisn: I was in court not very long ago...  The prosecuting attorney (the guy who's there every day), makes a little speech as court comes into session:  "Cell phone interruptions are not allowed.  This does not mean 'on vibrate'.  This means 'either in complete silence mode, or turned off.  If I hear anything from your cell phone, it will be confiscated and kept with the court's secretary until the end of the day, even if your case is done.  You can retrieve it then, and of course you will be giving the township a small monetary gift."

I never doubted for a moment that he was completely serious.  And neither did anyone else.  Not one cell phone made a peep.


My previous wife got a speeding ticket in Virginia and elected to go back to court in Va to request traffic school.  When we got to the courthouse, a little sign outside said "No Cellphones".  "Pffft", we said, "we'll just put them on vibrate and be cool."   Upon entering the courthouse, there was another sign: "No cell phones beyond this point.  Fine $150".  It was very much an Abe Simpson moment for many people.
 
2013-10-10 03:15:54 PM

shr00mie90: No "Hero" tag?


Hero tag last seen putting its cell phone in the car.
 
2013-10-10 03:21:01 PM

HopScotchNSoda: A lot of courthouses prohibit the public* from even having mobile phones in the building (or beyond the lobby if there are vending machine type lock-up machines).

DuPage County initially expanded their no-cameras rule to include no mobiles with built-in cameras, but now that's effectively all mobiles.

Vermilion County prohibits mobiles.

Cook County implemented a ban this year, excluding the Daley Center,** because of allegations of witness intimidation and tampering.


*attorneys, cops, court employees, et cet. exempted, but even they are prohibited from allowing the devices to ring in-court.

**the Daley Center is excluded for myriad reasons.  The number of people entering is just too overwhelming and there's not enough room to have those lock-up vending machine things.  Virtually no one drives to that court-house as it is in the middle of the Loop, so telling someone to take their phone out to their car and lock it up isn't an option.  The types of trials there are not generally of the sort where witness intimidation is really an issue.  The types of trials there are such that attorneys often have support staff with them and need to have their support staff able to communicate with the office (and support staff are not exempted from the prohibition).  All-in-all, it is impracticable and unnecessary there.


Champaign County also prohibits cell phones.
 
2013-10-10 03:43:25 PM
If only the rest of government (from the president down to the guy who scrapes up dead animals off the street) would hold themselves (or be held) to the same standard as they hold the public, I think 99% of the problems we face today in this country would disappear. Tons and tons of crappy laws and regulations would disappear (as they need to) very quickly, and they would consider any new ones far more thoughtfully before passing them.

And this is an idea that I bet both Liberals and Conservatives can get behind.
 
2013-10-10 03:47:25 PM

joeshill


Champaign County also prohibits cell phones.


There is no text in the Champaign rooms?
 
2013-10-10 03:48:41 PM
OK,  why do we say our phone "goes off" when it rings?   /serious question.
 
2013-10-10 04:00:59 PM

blatz514: FitzShivering: I once kicked myself out of my own meeting after my cell phone went off, despite my "If your cell phone goes off during the meeting, you will be asked to leave" rule, so I'm getting a kick and all that.

Sounds like a great way to get out of meetings.


Cusack does that with his secretary/sister in War, Inc.
 
2013-10-10 04:12:57 PM

Opt8va: OK,  why do we say our phone "goes off" when it rings?   /serious question.


Most likely derivative of an alarm (or alarm clock) "going off".
 
2013-10-10 04:19:06 PM

Englebert Slaptyback: joeshill

Champaign County also prohibits cell phones.


There is no text in the Champaign rooms?


Wow...i lol'd. bravo sir...bravo!

/oldtimeyapplause.gif
 
2013-10-10 04:20:14 PM

skinink: Was his ringtone "I Fought the Law and the Law Won"?


I'm betting on "Fark The Police"...
 
2013-10-10 04:30:49 PM

Opt8va: OK,  why do we say our phone "goes off" when it rings?   /serious question.


Does it even ring anymore?
 
2013-10-10 04:32:22 PM

Opt8va: OK,  why do we say our phone "goes off" when it rings?   /serious question.


Mine doesn't ring, and I'll be farked if I'm going to say my phone "life in the fast lanes" or "don't take your guns to towns" or "face fisteds" or "axel fs" (depending on who's calling). It goes off.
 
2013-10-10 04:36:50 PM

Noticeably F.A.T.: Opt8va: OK,  why do we say our phone "goes off" when it rings?   /serious question.

Mine doesn't ring, and I'll be farked if I'm going to say my phone "life in the fast lanes" or "don't take your guns to towns" or "face fisteds" or "axel fs" (depending on who's calling). It goes off.


No, no, no - nowadays your phone doesn't "go off," it "blows up."

/Living with teenagers is corroding my brain.
 
2013-10-10 04:38:04 PM
Officer Obie realized the judge wasn't gonna look at those  twenty-seven 8 x 10 color, glossy photographs with the circles... ... ...
 
2013-10-10 04:59:09 PM

mama2tnt


No, no, no - nowadays your phone doesn't "go off," it "blows up."


It only "blows up" if it "goes off" a lot, like several times in a row. One call at a time is still "going off".
 
2013-10-10 05:15:05 PM

FitzShivering: I once kicked myself out of my own meeting after my cell phone went off, despite my "If your cell phone goes off during the meeting, you will be asked to leave" rule, so I'm getting a kick and all that.


No, you didn't do it despite your rule, you did it because of your rule.
 
2013-10-10 05:18:56 PM

Harvey Manfrenjensenjen: Opt8va: OK,  why do we say our phone "goes off" when it rings?   /serious question.

Most likely derivative of an alarm (or alarm clock) "going off".


 Right...  so why do we say it's going "off"?   It most certainly is NOT going "off"..  in fact it is going "on".
 
2013-10-10 06:36:34 PM
$50? That sort of contempt merits 7 days in jail.
 
2013-10-10 09:10:55 PM

Opt8va: Harvey Manfrenjensenjen: Opt8va: OK,  why do we say our phone "goes off" when it rings?   /serious question.

Most likely derivative of an alarm (or alarm clock) "going off".

 Right...  so why do we say it's going "off"?   It most certainly is NOT going "off"..  in fact it is going "on".



Sorry, the observation does not warrant a Carlin. Here's your consolation prize.

i279.photobucket.com
 
2013-10-11 04:45:24 AM
mimg.ugo.com

You can't handle the Bluetooth!
 
2013-10-11 09:19:05 AM
 Right...  so why do we say it's going "off"?   It most certainly is NOT going "off"..  in fact it is going "on".Harvey Manfrenjensenjen :
Sorry, the observation does not warrant a Carlin.

It was a perfectly cromulent question.
 
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