Paris v. Union Pacific
ORDER granting the oral request to bring cell phones. laptop computers or personal digital assistants into the courthouse by Joseph Patrick McKay and Edi Noonan Wood. Signed by Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray on 1/20/09. (bkp)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS WESTERN DIVISION JIMMY PARIS vs 4:04CV00656 JLH/JTR DEFENDANT PLAINTIFF
UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY ORDER Re: General Order 541
Pending is an oral request for Order Re: General Order No. 54 filed by the Defendant, Union Pacific Railroad Company. The request is GRANTED. Joseph Patrick McKay and Edi Noonan Wood are authorized to bring cell phones, laptop computers, 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.
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 20th day of January, 2009.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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