Sneak has always been a strong proponent of the inviolability of the courthouse, and cannot abide those ill-mannered citizens that let their mobile phones interrupt proceedings with their incessant ringtones.
So Sneak was doubly pleased to see that at least one judge, Michigan's Raymond Voet feels the same way, and issues on-the-spot fines to anyone whose phone disturbs his courtroom – even if that means fining himself.
According to the Sentinel Standard – Sneak's Michigan news outlet of choice – poor judge Voet got himself in a right pickle when he inadvertently activated the voice command functions of his new phone while the court was in session.
Apparently, Voet had been a loyal BlackBerry user for years, but like most gave up with the platform to move to a new device, only to discover he had no idea how to turn off his new smartphone's voice function.
“It started talking really loud, saying 'I can't understand you. Say something like Mom,'" he told the Sentinel. "My face got as red as a beet."
But as an upstanding citizen, judge Voet also believed that he had to abide by the same rules he set for those in his courtroom, so during a recess, ruled that he was in contempt of court and fined himself $25 for the interruption.
Now that's what Sneak calls swift justice.
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