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Whose cell phone was ringing in the Supreme Court? (Yes, his)

Cell phones are strictly prohibited in the chambers of the Florida Supreme Court. As visitors pass through a security kiosk, they must surrender their phones until they leave. No exceptions. But during oral arguments Thursday, a cell phone began chirping while Justice Barbara Pariente was speaking. Chirp, chirp, chirp.

The ringing sound was loud and clear, so it had to be very close to Pariente's microphone. The justice who sits directly to Pariente's left is Chief Justice Jorge Labarga, and as the court called a recess, the chief accepted responsibility for the unwelcome noise.

"I never bring the phone to court -- never," Labarga was heard saying on an open microphone. "I bring it one day and this happens."

[Last modified: Thursday, June 9, 2016 12:57pm]

    

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