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Judge Fines Himself After His Cellphone Rang During Closing Arguments

Still trying to get a hang of his new smartphone

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IONIA, Mich., April 15 (UPI) — A Michigan judge imposed a $25 contempt of court fine on himself after his cellphone made noise during closing arguments of a jury trial.

Judge Raymond Voet of Ionia County 64A District Court said his new touchscreen smartphone was in his shirt pocket during the Friday afternoon arguments when it loudly requested commands for voice dialing, the Ionia (Mich.) Sentinel-Standard reported Monday.