The Sacramento Bee reports U.S. Federal Court Judge William Shubb executed summary judgement against cell phones.
The Judge stood up from his bench during a hearing, walked into the audience, confiscated a cell phone, went into the hall, and tossed the phone:
The judge was pushed by two weeks of beeping, chirping and musical tunes during a criminal tax case. Trouble began during jury selection. A defendant's cell phone erupted. "I had told everyone to please turn off all devices," Shubb said. "There's a sign outside the courtroom. I told the defendant he is not to bring a cell phone to court again." Next, a juror's phone cried out. The judge showed mercy. "Jurors sacrifice enough," Bill said. Then the defendant sounded again. "I said, 'Give it to the marshal,' " Shubb said. Days later, the defense attorney beeped. And another phone blared. "It was the other defendant, with a more obnoxious song," Bill said. Finally, at the trial's climax, a phone rang in the back of the courtroom.
According to the Bee, there were no appeals.