A judge in Michigan did something very unusual last week. He charged himself with “contempt of court” and gave himself a fine of $25.
People can get charged with contempt when they do something during a trial that the judge believes shows disrespect to the court.
So when judge Raymond Voet’s cell phone went off during a trial on April 13, he declared himself to be in contempt. Then he had to pay his own court $25.
It happened during a speech that was being given by one of the lawyers.
The judge’s phone started “talking,” loudly speaking some voice commands.
He thinks he may have accidentally bumped it, which turned on its voice activation–a feature the judge told MLive.com he didn’t even know it had.