Nelson v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc, et al
ORDER re General Order 54 authorizing certain electronics into the courtroom. Signed by Judge William R. Wilson, Jr on 2/24/09. (bkp)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS EASTERN DIVISION DARYAL T. NELSON, Individually and on behalf of all persons similarly situated vs WAL-MART STORES, INC., et al ORDER Re: General Order 541 Pursuant an oral motion of the defendants, all lawyers and staff affiliated with this case are authorized to bring cell phones, laptop computers, digital cameras or personal digital assistants into the courthouse, subject to the following rules: (a) (b) (c) (d) The devices mentioned above may not be used to record, photograph, or film anyone or anything inside the courthouse. Cell phones must be turned off and put away when in the courtroom. Wireless internet components of electronic devices must be deactivated when in district courtrooms. Before persons with electronic devices are granted entry into the Courthouse, all devices must be examined by the United States Marshals Service or Court Security Personnel. This examination includes, but is not limited to placing the device through electronic screening machines and requiring the person possessing the device to turn the power to the device off and on. The United States Marshals Service may further restrict electronic devices from entering the building should a threat assessment so dictate. 2:04CV00171-WRW DEFENDANTS
A violation of paragraph (a), (b), or (c) may result in seizure of the electronic device, withdrawal of the privilege to bring an electronic device into the courthouse, or other sanctions. A
Adopted in the Eastern District of Arkansas.
violation of the prohibition on recording, photographing, or filming anyone or anything inside the courthouse may be punished as contempt of court. IT IS SO ORDERED this 24th day of February, 2009.
/s/Wm. R. Wilson, Jr. UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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