Two days after Cook County rolled out the first phase of its cellphone ban, a former convict from Chicago was taken into custody today after he used his phone to take photos of a circuit judge in a suburban courthouse, authorities said.
While Judge Thomas M. Davy was going through court files in his Bridgeview courtroom, a clerk saw a flash go off from where spectators sit.
Authorities said Calvin Woods, 25, who was in court for a hearing on a probation violation, admitted taking two photos to prove to his girlfriend that he had gone to court, according to Chief Judge Timothy Evans’ office. The sheriff’s office said that Woods told deputies that he was bored and planned on posting the photos online.
The judge ordered Woods taken into custody until his next court date on April 26.
On Monday, a crackdown on cell phones, tablets and other electronic devices began at the courthouse on 26th and California. Eventually, court officials plan to implement the ban at the county’s 12 additional criminal courthouses, including Bridgeview.
At the time Evans announced the ban in December, he said some judges had complained that spectators in courtrooms had photographed witnesses, jurors and judges, and in other instances had texted testimony to upcoming witnesses waiting outside.
Woods, of the 1100 block of East 82nd Street, was convicted of residential burglary in 2005. In 2009, he was sentenced to three years in state prison for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He plead guilty to a retail theft charge in January, court records show.
Until the ban goes into effect at the other courthouses, cell phones and electronic device are permitted in the courthouse but can’t be used in courtrooms.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun