Jury foreman sent to jail for 30 days for using cellphone

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The foreman of a North Carolina jury is spending 30 days in jail because he used his cellphone in the jury room.

The Wilson Times reports that a judge found 41-year-old Christopher Korfmann guilty of contempt of court Wednesday for not following orders to keep his cellphone off.

Deputies said Korfmann will have to serve the whole 30 days of Superior Judge Milton Fitch Jr.’s sentence.

Korfmann told the newspaper from jail he used his cellphone to type in notes during his lunch break and turned on the phone to consult them in the jury room during a civil trial. He says he is very sorry and didn’t mean to anger the judge.

Fitch noted he told jurors several times they must rely on their recollections and not notes. He declared a mistrial.

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