The Airing of Grievances
Sunday, November 21, 2004
Judge Cellie Nazi
District Court Judge Salvatore Alamia has sentenced a Long Island women to 21 days for contempt. Her infraction? A ringing cell phone is his courtroom. From Newsday:
As [Mariela Acevedo] awaited her hearing, an electronic device went off in Alamia's Central Islip courtroom and he warned everyone to shut off all cell phones and pagers or face contempt charges.Twenty-one days? A tad bit excessive, no? One can only imagine the type of sentence Alamia woulda laid on Vincent Gambini. But perhaps Alamia considered this some type of egregious moral transgression. After all, he is a Republican.
"If you don't know how to shut it off, go outside and introduce it to the heel of your shoe," he said according to a transcript. When Acevedo's phone subsequently sounded, Alamia called the teenager forward and asked, "Did you think I was playing with you?" She responded, "No. I thought I had turned it off." "Yes, you did. Right," said Alamia, sentencing her to 21 days on the spot. "I know you've been playing with it all morning, sayonara."