Cell Phone Talker Jailed for Taking Call in Court

Judge had asked the man to turn his phone off

By DANIEL MACHT
|  Thursday, May 10, 2012  |  Updated 8:51 AM EDT
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A Northern Ireland man who showed up to watch a civil trial was instead hauled off to jail after taking a phone call in the courtroom.

The chatty spectator, 36-year-old Paddy Sweeney, was ordered behind bars for two hours then fined $322 after ignoring a judge’s request that he turn off his blaring cell phone, The Associated Reported.

Sweeny reportedly spoke for a brief period after getting a call while inside the Londonderry courtroom and could have faced up to a month in the clink and a $4,025 fine for the interruption, according to the AP.
 

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