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November 28, 2007

Order in the court!

Jailings Over Ringing Cell Get Judge Ousted
Courtroom Full Of People Locked Up

POSTED: 8:46 am EST November 28, 2007

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- A New York judge who jailed a courtroom full of people over a ringing cell phone is off the bench.

Judge Robert Restaino was removed Tuesday by a state judicial panel.

During a court session in March 2005, Restaino got upset when a cell phone went off.

He demanded that the phone be handed over, threatening to lock up everybody if no one came forward.

When nobody did, the judge ordered all 46 people in the room hauled off to the city jail, where they were searched.

Those who couldn't post bond were shackled and bused to the county lockup.

Posted by joke du jour at November 28, 2007 06:03 PM

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