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4/23/2013 (1 year ago)

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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.

Smartphones aren't always so smart.

Smartphones aren't always so smart.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/23/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Judge, smartphone, contempt, fine, Voet


IONIA, MI (Catholic Online) - Judge Raymond Voet has a sign in his courtroom saying that owners of electronic devices causing disturbances during court will be cited with contempt. Last Friday, Voet caught himself infracting his own rule.

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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Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


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Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for November 2014
Lonely people:
That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the support of others.
Mentors of seminarians and religious: That young seminarians and religious may have wise and well-formed mentors.



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