Feel good story: In display of integrity, judge fines self for contempt after phone disrupts court
Voet fined himself $25 for the infraction.
A Michigan judge has taken his own medicine and fined himself for contempt of court. It's a surprising display of integrity from a public official.
During the closing arguments of a jury trial, his phone interrupted a prosecutor when it prompted him for a voice command. Voet believes he somehow inadvertently activated the feature. Of course, his phone was on as opposed to off.
Although the mistake was innocent, it's still against his posted rules, so Voet cited himself for contempt and paid the fine of $25.
He explained that if he cannot live by the rules he enforces, then he should have no business enforcing the rules.
Although both the infraction and fine were small, they spoke volumes about his integrity. If only more public officials were this honest, we might not need so many judges.
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