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November 28, 2007

Cell Phones in the Courtroom: A Big No-No

I spend a good deal of time in the courtroom.  The signs almost unanimously read "No Food, No Gum Chewing, Turn Off All Cell Phones and Pagers."  Most courtrooms have very heavy calendars comprised of a variety of different cases with a plethora of varied issues.  In order to facilitate the meting out of justice, a judge must have the ability to focus on each individual matter as though it were the only matter before him.  Although in an exalted position, a judge is only human sometimes reacts in a manner which is, well, human.

Shubb_cell_phone This issue became of interest to me when I read an article on newsreview.com entitled "Short Fuse."  In this particular case (back in 2006), U.S. District Court Judge William Shubb flung a cell phone belonging to a 68 year old woman into the hallway after it rang and rang and rang in her purse.  The lady couldn't find it in time to shut it off and the judge became irate.  Read the article, it's a doozie.

I started digging around the web and found some more goodies in the courtroom-cell phone genre. A November 27, 2007 New York Times article entitled A Judge's 'Inexplicable Madness' Over A Cellphone by Danny Hakim  relates how Judge Robert M. Restaino arrested everyone in his courtroom because one person's cell phone went off.   His behavior was deemed so outrageous by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct that he was removed from the bench!  From The Legal Reader:

"In causing 46 individuals to be deprived of their liberty out of pique and frustration, respondent abandoned his role as a reasonable, fair jurist and instead became a petty tyrant, abusing his judicial power and placing himself above the law he was shown to administer," the commission concluded.

Although the judge's behavior constituted an isolated incident, his conduct brought the judiciary into "disrepute" and irreparably damaged public confidence in his ability to remain a judge, the commission held. 

Read the Commission's decision

In doing even more digging, I found many articles on proper courtroom behavior.  Almost all include a blurb on the non-use of a cell phone in the courtroom.  The People's Media Company published A Guide to Proper Courtroom Behavior which elaborates on appropriate attire, no gum/candy, punctuality, preparedness and, of course, cell phone etiquette. 

Turn off your cell phone. Turn off your cell phone. You know what? Turn off your cell phone. When a judge hears that phone ring, or sing a song, anything you have to say after that moment will fall on deaf ears. The judge turns off her phone before coming into court, because she is going to focus on what she is doing. You should return the courtesy. If you absolutely must have your phone on for extenuating circumstances, put it on vibrate.

The most interesting, or at least fun, cell phone in the courtroom situation comes from an article published on October 3, 2007 in Metro.co.uk Courtroom Interrupted by "Orgasmic" Ringtone where a man's cell phone had a very unique ringtone.  Read all about it here.

Bottom line, turn off your cell phone if you're going into the courtroom!!!

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November 18, 2007

Thanksgiving 2007 Links

Thanksgivinggreetingspatrioticturke   The website www.usa.gov provides many useful Thanksgiving Day Resources:

  • Air Travel Status – The Federal Aviation Administration offers easy ways for you to check airport status and get delay information, in real time as changes happen.
  • Air Travel Tips from the Transportation Security Administration – Tips from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that ensure a brief, yet thorough, security experience at any of the airports serviced by TSA.

    Food for the Holidays – Tips and ideas to help you plan and prepare healthy, crowd-pleasing food for this holiday season.

    November Is American Indian Heritage Month – Find a calendar of events, special venues and exhibits, teacher resources and more about American Indian Heritage Month.

    Out-of-This-World Thanksgiving – Explore the Thanksgiving experience in space, which usually includes rehydrated turkey and mashed potatoes.

    Recipes from and for Americans – Healthy recipes; collections and publications; kids' recipes; cooking for a crowd...

    Send Your Thanks to the U.S. Military – Send care packages, donate calling cards, or write letters of gratitude to American military members.

    Teacher Resources: Thanksgiving in American Memory – Features and activities for students and teachers about the Thanksgiving holiday.

    Thanksgiving at the White House – Watch the annual pardoning of the Thanksgiving turkey, read an interactive chat with the White House "Turkey Guy," and discover the history of Thanksgiving at the White House.

    Thanksgiving Facts and Statistics – Last year, the major pumpkin-producing states brought us 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins. Read more about pumpkins and other Thanksgiving fun facts from the Census Bureau.

    Thanksgiving in America – Explore the history of the Thanksgiving holiday in North America.

    Turkey Basics: Alternate Turkey Cooking Methods – Discover alternative ways to cook your turkey this Thanksgiving, including: grilling, smoking, cooking in a brown paper bag, and more.

    Turkey Basics: Cooking Safely – Learn the basics of cooking turkey safely this Thanksgiving.

    Volunteer for the Holidays – Find information about public service and volunteer opportunities in your community.

    Vote to Name the National Thanksgiving Turkey – Cast your vote to name the National Thanksgiving Turkey and alternate.

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    Thanksgiving Safety: 5 Ways to Spend Thanksgiving in the Hospital

    Heimlich  Rod Brouhard writes an article for www.about.com which describes 5 ways to spend Thanksgiving in the Hospital

    In particular:

    1. Choking on an Appetizer

    Anybody can get something stuck in their throat. It's decidedly more common for the kids and grandparents than everyone else -- although it gets more common as the wine starts flowing.

    2. Cutting Yourself Instead of the Turkey

    Cutting yourself in the kitchen is both a blessing and a curse -- bacteria from food abounds, but you have everything you need to clean your wound at the ready.

    3. Lighting the Kitchen on Fire

    Grease fires are notoriously dangerous. It's easy to extinguish the typical grease fire by smothering it, but make sure everyone is heading out of the house first.

    4. Getting Burned by the Oven

    Burns are some of the most common injuries around the house. Make sure you know what to do if your bird decides to seek some revenge.

    5. Getting Sick from the Food

    Imagine the looks you'll get from your mother-in-law after giving the entire family food poisoning. Learn how to recognize food poisoning symptoms, and follow these food safety tips from About.com Busy Cooks Guide, Linda Larsen.

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    Thanksgiving Highway Safety Video

    America's Road Team Captain Tony Sifford gives tips on how to arrive safely to your destination this Thanksgiving Holiday.  Here are his 5 tips:

    Inspect your vehicle

    Make sure you have items you need in your vehicle

    Give yourself plenty of room to share the road safely

    Give yourself cushion and time to make your maneuvers safely

    Give other motorists consideration on the road

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    November 09, 2007

    Veterans Day 2007: History and Videos

    Veterans_day_salute1 Veterans Day 2007.  I've gathered several interesting Veterans Day links and videos for your enjoyment and knowledge.

    Have a Happy and Safe Veterans Day -- Lowell

    History of Veterans Day

    United States Department of Veteran Affairs: History of Veterans day

    Military.com: History of Veterans Day

    Library of Congress: Veterans History Project

    Wikipedia

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    ">Veterans Day Tribute (Modesto, Ca)

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    ">Veterans Day Tribute 2006

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    November 08, 2007

    Vehicle Recalls October 2007: Mercedes, BMW, Cadillac, Chevy, More

    2008_c_class The National Highway Safety Commission has announced the recall of several vehicles.  Read the entire NHTSA Report by clicking here (article requires Adobe Acrobat Reader - if you don't have the Reader, click the link in left column to download the Reader for free).  Below is a partial list of the recalled vehicles:

    Goshen Coach 2005-2008 GCII, Pacer II, Sentinel, Pacer LS and 2005-2007 Euroshuttle Transit Buses

    Utilimaster 2007Aeromaster Walk-in Delivery Vans

    2008 Mercedes C-Class

    2007 Chrysler Dodge Ram, 2007-2008 Dodge Avenger and Chrysler Sebring

    BMW 2005-2007 K1200 R Sport Motorcycle, 2006-2007 550I and 650I

    and much more.

    Click here to go to the NHTSA Defects and Recalls website.

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