New York’s Top Court Upholds Removal Of Niagra Falls Judge Over Ringing Cell Phone

The New York State Court Of Appeals unanimously affirmed the removal of Judge Robert Restaino, who jailed 46 people in his courtroom after no one would own up to a ringing cell phone. After the cell phone rang during the Court session, Judge Restaino called each defendant in the courtroom before him and ordered them into custody when they denied knowledge of the cell phone.

The Court of Appeals called the punishment of innocent people under the circumstances “inexcusable”.