Justices Are Sometimes Just
In Lansing, Michigan, Judge Hugh B. Clarke, Jr. fined himself $50 when his cellphone went off. Jacob Greenman blogs at the WSJ:
Judge Clarke told Law Blog that he had made a call during a recess, and in hustling back to his courtroom, he forgot to set his phone to vibrate. "I don't know why I even had it," he said.
But, as Saint Augustine once said, it is humility that makes men angels. "I'm not above the law," Judge Clarke said. "We operate by laws and rules, and people have to follow them."
By Monday, things returned to normal. The judge held in contempt a prosecutor whose cellphone went off during a hearing.
My cell phone has been off vibrate maybe three times since I've had it. I don't like to disturb people. If I'm at a movie, I shut it off entirely.
Commenters at the WSJ said this blog item was "silly," but I disagree -- for the reasons this commenter points out.
This Lansing Judge is my new hero. All week, I have been collecting articles on officials breaking the law while enforcing the law, such as cops in Florida selling cocaine to arrest buyers of cocaine.
This judge fined himself for breaking the established rules; this makes the statement that he is not above the law he is enforcing. This article may be silly, but it made my year!
Just when I was about to throw in my towel on the system, this judge reminded me why our system is so special. More silly articles like this! Thank you!