Jailtime For Letting A Phone Ring In Court
from the think-this-judge-is-unhappy-with-ringing-phones? dept
A 17-year-old girl who was in court for other charges is now going to be spending an extra 21 days in jail for contempt of court. What was so contemptible? Letting her mobile phone ring in the courtroom — specifically after a judge told everyone to silence their phones. It appears the judge was particularly adamant about making sure people understood they should turn their phones off, as his message to them included: “If you don’t know how to shut it off, go outside and introduce it to the heel of your shoe.” So, it’s really not a huge surprise that he’d look to set an example of anyone who kept their phone’s ringer on. However, no matter how annoying the ringing may be, does it really deserve three weeks in jail?