A Michigan judge already renowned for being a stickler about cellphones in court administered himself even sterner justice than he’s meted out to others who’ve broken his ringtone policy: He found himself in contempt and slapped himself with a $25 fine.
District Judge Raymond Voet heard an annoying ring during closing arguments in a domestic violence trial last week, and he realized quickly that all the no-phone signs he’d posted in the courthouse hadn’t deterred at least one person — himself — from ignoring them.
“Judges are humans. They’re not above the rules. I broke the rule and I have to live by it,” the judge told Michigan Live.
So he immediately walked downstairs and paid the $25 contempt fine he’s imposed, at times, on others.
The stakes aren’t exactly high here, but it’s nice to believe think the judge’s integrity would scale to meet tougher circumstances. This small gesture suggests that maybe at least one court official has his heart in the right place.