Harris v. Bilco Company

Filing 48

ORDER authorizing Ellen Owens Smith & Khayyam M. Eddings, counsel for defendant, to bring electronic devices into the Courthouse in Jonesboro, Arkansas, between 5/4/09 & 5/6/09, subject to the rules specified. Signed by Chief Judge J. Leon Holmes on 4/29/09. (jct)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS JONESBORO DIVISION NELSON HARRIS v. BILCO COMPANY ORDE R ELLEN OWENS SMITH and KHAYYAM M. EDDINGS, counsel for defendant in this matter, are hereby authorized to bring a cell phone, laptop computer, or personal digital assistant into the courthouse in Jonesboro, Arkansas, between May 4, 2009, and May 6, 2009, subject to the following rules: (a) The devices mentioned above may not be used to record, photograph, or film anyone or anything inside the courthouse. (b) (c) 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. (d) 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. (e) The United States Marshals Service may further restrict electronic devices from entering the building should a threat assessment so dictate. NO. 3:07CV00156 JLH DEFENDANT PLAINTIFF 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 violation of the prohibition on recording, photographing, or filming anyone or anything inside the courthouse may be punished as contempt of court. SIGNED this 29th day of April, 2009. J. LEON HOLMES UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 2

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