Ohio judge holds himself in contempt of court

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Ohio Judge Holds Himself in Contempt of Court

"I've always made sure I left my cell phone in the office," said Judge Rocky Coss. That wasn't the case earlier this week, though, when Judge Rocky Coss's phone went off in the courtroom.

The blunder wouldn't have been a huge problem if it weren't for the warning posted outside his courtroom door in Hillsboro, Ohio, which reads as follows: "Turn off cell phones before entering court room."

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In the interest of fairness, Judge Coss held himself in contempt of court and charged himself the $25 fine he charges everyone else does the same thing.

"Looking back on it, it's funny. Everywhere I go, people ask, 'Hey, Rocky, you got your cell phone on?" he told WCPO.

In a piece for the local Highland County Press, Judge Coss joked he was considering having a bailiff check him for his phone before he heads into court.

By the way -- if you're wondering -- it was Coss's wife calling.

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