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Judge Fired After Jailing 46 for Cell Phone

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Judge Fired After Jailing 46 for Cell Phone

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Judge Fired After Jailing 46 for Cell Phone

Judge Fired After Jailing 46 for Cell Phone

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Judge Robert Restaino did not adapt well to an intrusion of modern life. A cell phone went off in his courtroom. And the judge said he'd throw everybody in jail if the offender didn't step forward. Nobody did, and 46 people were thrown behind bars. The judge has now lost his job for that 2005 incident. The head of the New York State judicial commission calls his ruling "madness."

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