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Michigan Judge holds self in contempt

Judge Raymond Voet in Ionia County, Michigan, has a simple courtroom rule: any device that goes off in court earns the owner a contempt citation. Rules like this cut down on disruptions and engender a reverence for the courts that is often lacking. Judge Vote takes his rule so seriously that he applied it to himself yesterday when his phone went off.

In the same vein, a former county judge around here was known to send a defendant home to change if he showed up in shorts and a t-shirt, and once infamously asking the chagrined individual, “Are you going to a volleyball game?”

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