A US judge whose smartphone disrupted a hearing in his own courtroom has held himself in contempt and paid $US25 for the infraction.
Michigan Judge Raymond Voet has a posted policy at Ionia County 64A District Court, the Sentinel-Standard of Ionia and MLive.com report.
It states electronic devices causing a disturbance during court sessions will result in the owner being cited with contempt.
On Friday afternoon, during a prosecutor's closing argument during a jury trial, Voet's new smartphone began to emit sounds requesting phone voice commands.
Voet says he thinks he bumped the phone, and the embarrassment likely left his face red.
During a break in the trial, Voet fined himself. He says if he can't live by the rules he enforces he has no business enforcing the rules.
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