WOWO Reporter Held In Contempt Of Court For Courthouse Cellphone Use
May 17, 2012 at 3:50 AM (PT)
A reporter for FEDERATED MEDIA News WOWO-A-F/FORT WAYNE was held in contempt of court for using a cellphone while covering a murder hearing.
The FORT WAYNE JOURNAL GAZETTE reports that News Dir. DAVE WHEATON was covering the MICHAEL PLUMADORE plea hearing at the ALLEN COUNTY Courthouse and was observed by two policemen allegedly texting during the hearing, in violation of courthouse rules. The phone was confiscated and WHEATON was ticketed. He told Judge FRAN GULL that he did not notice signs about the ban on cellphones at the courthouse, but GILL said, "Candidly, I don't believe you" and ordered the phone destroyed, but allowed WOWO, which owned the phone, to remove the phone's contents first.
On TWITTER, WHEATON said that "everyone uses (the judge's) name as a punch line" and added, "When you become a punch line its time to leave @frangull."