Sunday, April 21, 2013

Judge sets good example: holds himself in contempt

There is a first time for everything.  This is the first time I have heard of a judge finding himself in contempt.   Apparently, the judge has a well known policy in his courtroom banning the use of electronic devices, or at least warning that if the devices cause a disturbance, the owner will be found in contempt.  According to the story (here), the judge was surprised when his own phone began to "talk" in the middle of a hearing.  Apparently, the judge had mistakenly pressed the button that activates the voice command system ("Siri", for the iPhone users out there).  Understanding he was not above his own policy, the judge declared himself in contempt and paid a fine.  That's my kind of judge: tough but fair and with a sense of humor...

Thanks to Jourdan Levy for the link.