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Judge holds himself in contempt when his phone goes off during trial

Raymond Voet’s policy against phones in the courtroom applies to everyone

It’s a feeling we all know well. Flushed cheeks, clenched chest, the cloud of shame that appears over your head whenever your phone goes off someplace it shouldn’t—class, the movies, or, God forbid, court.

Judge Raymond Voet does not truck with such nonsense. The chief district judge of Ionia County in Michigan is notorious for holding the owners of disruptive cell phones in contempt of court and fining them $25. And, being a man of principle, this policy applies to everyone. Including himself.

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