Judge Fines Himself When His Phone Rings in Court

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

HILLSBORO, OH--When you're in a courtroom, the judge makes the rules. What you wear, where you sit, and especially whether you can have your phone with you.

You don't wanna tick off a judge by having your cell phone go off in court, like one did in an Ohio courtroom this week.

Yeah, that phone's owner got slapped with a $25 contempt of court fine.

The violator? The judge himself!

In the seven years I've been judge I've always made sure I've always made sure I left my cell phone in my office," Judge Rocky Coss said.

But not this time. And if the phone itself wasn't a big enough distraction, his ring tone is bagpipes!

"I don't see how I can hold someone else in contempt and fine them for disrupting the proceedings when I do the same thing so and not fine myself," Judge Coss said. "Looking back on it it's funny. Everywhere I go people ask 'hey rocky you got your cell phone on."

Bet he won't make that mistake again. But maybe he'll be a little more lenient the next time it happens in his courtroom. After all, it really *can* happen to anyone.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.