“I thought it would never happen to me,” said Judge Raymond Voet, who is the chief judge in Ionia County, Michigan. He was referring to the fact that his cellphone made noise in court on April 13 during a trial. Like many judges, Voet hates it when cellphones ring in his courtroom, and he hates it enough that he has had signs posted outside saying that violators will be fined $25 if it happens.
Unlike some judges, perhaps, Voet was willing to impose the fine on himself when he violated his own rule.
What-is has no bearing on what is coming unless you are continually regurgitating the story of what is. By thinking and speaking more of how you really want your life to be, you allow what you are currently living to be the jumping-off place for so much more. But if you speak predominantly of what-is, then you still jump off —but you jump off into more of the same. —Abraham Hicks
Excerpted from the book – Money and the Law of Attraction
can we just say awww?
Lawyer who used hidden video cameras to peep on tenants will get psychotherapy rather than jail time
A Maryland lawyer who pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors for spying on his tenants “with prurient intent” won’t have to go to jail for the crime.
Instead, Dennis Alan Van Dusen of Chevy Chase was sentenced on Tuesday to five years’ probation and fined $2,500, the Washington Post reports. The 64-year-old defendant was also ordered to continue psychotherapy.
Judge Paul Weinstein said psychiatric treatment is needed more than jail time, the story says. “We have a gentleman here who, I guess, I can only characterize as being disturbed or sick, and that’s been confirmed by many sources,” Weinstein said.
Van Dusen’s lawyer, Samuel Delgado, told Weinstein that Van Dusen’s mother had been a hoarder and his childhood home was so crowded that he was forced into the attic. His bar admission was approved last year despite conflicting recommendations. Van Dusen had several degrees, including ones in computer science and applied mathematics, and he had served in Vietnam.
Prosecutors had alleged Van Dusen used low rent to entice female tenants to sign leases, and used hidden cameras to record them while undressed or having sex with their boyfriends. One of the tenants discovered a camera in a smoke detector above her bed after reading an article in Cosmopolitan magazine about how new technology can be used to spy on people.
Prosecutors had sought a one-year sentence.