I mean, I do forbid cellphones in my classrooms, but this does seem a tad excessive! On the other hand . . .
NIAGRA FALLS, N.Y — A judge who jailed 46 people who were in his courtroom when a cell phone call interrupted proceedings was removed from the bench Tuesday by a state commission.
Niagara Falls City Court Judge Robert Restaino "snapped" and "engaged in what can only be described as two hours of inexplicable madness" during the March 2005 session, Raoul Felder, chairman of the state Commission on Judicial Conduct, wrote in the decision to remove Restaino from the $113,900-per-year post.
A phone rang while Restaino was hearing the cases of domestic violence offenders who had been ordered to appear weekly to update the judge on the progress of their counseling. A sign in the courthouse warns that cell phones and pagers must be turned off.
"Everyone is going to jail," Restaino said. "Every single person is going to jail in this courtroom unless I get that instrument now. If anybody believes I'm kidding, ask some of the folks that have been here for a while. You are all going."
When no one came forward, Restaino ordered the group into custody, and they were taken to jail, where they were searched and packed into crowded cells. Fourteen people who could not post bail were shackled and bused to another jail.
Restaino ordered them released later that afternoon.
Restaino told the state panel he had been under stress in his personal life.
His attorney, Terrence Connors, said Restaino would appeal.
I hate cell phones. You can't go out to dinner without somebody talking at the top of their lungs on one, some idiot driving like their blind because they have one jammed in their ear, you can't go anywhere and enjoy yourself because one of the damn things ring every few minutes. My wife recently had surgery and there were several large signs in the surgical waiting room that said to turn off all cell phones in the area, but I guess there are some people that have them that can't read either. The judge is my hero and if I got locked up with the rest of them it would have been worth it to me to laugh at them. I know this will not be received well by some people, but it's the way I feel. If you have one, use it responsibly and quit annoying others.
Last edited by Tom Militano; 11-28-2007 at 03:34 PM..
It IS a tad excessive, to say the least. To jail EVERYONE in the room?
I would still be in jail, but not only for the original charge, resisting arrest would be added. I do not own a cell phone, and I'll be da**ed if I am going to jail because of one.
While I don't believe in frivolous lawsuits, I would be getting an attorney, to try to own everything that judge has.
There's really no question it was ridiculous, Pick. I could perhaps see it if the judge had limited it to the owner of the cellphone that rang--he should have known better and won't learn any younger--but to punish the innocent is absurd. I'll bet those affected have already retained counsel and are planning lawsuits. I would be.
I carry a cellphone for health reasons and, also importantly, so I can hear. My limited hearing, even with two aides, cannot hear much on the usual land line instrument and I must use a cellphone, usually in speaker phone mode. However, I do not leave the ringer on in places any idiot should know better.....
The Judge involved was excessive to put the offending party in jail on a first, assuming it was, offense. He would have been within ethical rules and the rule of law to fine the person, put one in a holding cell off the courtroom, not to JAIL, for the length of the proceeding of an hour or so, whichever was thought reasonable, or fined for contempt of court AFTER having been warned. Did the bailiff verbally at the opening of court warn that phones must be off and/or not used?? If not, a sign is not sufficient for taking action other than being brought before the bench for a lecture. Persons not involved were guilty of nothing and should not have been subjected to anything other than a pat-down to determine the guilty party.
The Judicial Commission did the only thing they should have.
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Tom I am with you I hate mine but the wife makes me carry it due to health conditions but I still hate the dang thing!!!!!!!
I'm with you on that one, Ron. I despise the stupid things and rarely carry mine. My wife does use hers quite a lot though, and since we live in snow country, I am comforted by her having it when the weather is really bad. I absolutely forbid them to be active in my classroom since they can be so disruptive. I did have one student this semester though, who asked special permission to have it on during class. His wife was 9 months+ pregnant at the time, and sure enough, he got a call during class to get his butt home in a hurry! Mother and baby boy are doing fine.
I don't blame the judge. I blame all those stinkin @*^# Sheeple, who wouldnt step up & say "Sam Knucklehead" has the offending phone! They are all to blame for disobeying the judge. The judge was under a bit of personal stress & shouldn't take it out on people. But the courtroom was filled w/ dorks!
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Basically, I have to agree with Marlin on this one, after all the kidding is put aside. That judge's action was totally uncalled for. The old adage, "let the punishment fit the crime" is still a good rule.
man my cell phone has basically become an appendage.... i take that stupid thing EVERYWHERE! i absolutely HATE HATE HATE talking on the phone & HATE a ringing phone even worse than that.... but, that's the breaks when you're self employeed & now, having the farm it's going to get even worse when our new alarm for the chicken houses gets set up. that thing will call you when there's something wrong in the houses....
<------Calling Rosie to let her know the chickens are out and eating all the corn. Seriously, Rosie, it seems like the cellphone is here to stay, as much as it annoys many of us. I must admit, they are helpful at times, but they sure can be a distraction.
or maybe you can let me know when/if cletus (our rotten bassett hound) gets back in the chicken houses.....
that dog has GOT to learn that he is NOT welcome in there w/ the birds. he knows how to open the doors when they arent latched & he'll just come on in... fortunately, we havent lost any birds that way yet. (& he KNOWS he's NOT supposed to be in there... i usually only catch his tail going thru the door on the way out.)
out of all communication, outside of these forums, i prefer texting believe it or not....
oh yeah... we've got coyotes... i havent seen any foxes lately tho. the coyotes are quite brazen. they dont try to hide any more & will walk right out in the open, in broad daylight.... we're still working on tightening up the houses. everything has to be blackened out, so that these birds get NO natural light. we have got ALOT of work to do in that area.
this is our new kubota. we got it last wednesday... i gotta figure out how to carry a firearm in this thing w/ all my other junk. a rifle or shotgun is too long & if i carry a handgun, i'd want to conceal it.... any ideas?! the seat flips up, but its not deep enough for under the seat & i'd want a little quicker access to it than that.... i do travel down a public road w/ this thing too btw.
Rosie, any way to mount a leather saddle scabbard on that tractor, maybe with leather lashings? A .30-30 lever action does wonders on coyotes! You might also set up a stand somewhere on the property and sit out with a scoped rifle to thin out the coyote population. They probably look at the chicken enclosures as a free smörgåsbord!
hmm.... that "stakeout" idea isnt a bad 1, for troy or my dad... i'm the type of person that cant sit still very long. if wylie dont jump out at me in the 1st 10 mins or so, i'm BORED!
i'm not sure what the solution to the gun thing will be on this thing.... during the winter the doors will stay on. they are a PITA let me tell you!! my dad doesnt have doors on his & that's much more convenient.... i'll definately be taking those things off when we head into spring again. anyhoo ~ the doors are really wide & open in the opposite direction of a car door... if the doors werent there, i could see mounting a rack on the back... hmmmm... or maybe 1 overhead.... they'd have to be secured better than just a regular gun rack tho bc of all the bumps i encounter...
as far as handguns, i'd thought about going down to my dad's welding friends & seeing if they'd build me a box overhead for a handgun... & just pad the inside of it w/ something that would draw away moisture... i wouldnt want to wear 1 bc of all the sweating i do working in those houses & i'm not sure what all would happen to my guns considering how bad everything rusts from those chickens in those houses. i guess it has something to do w/ the ammonia they emit.