Kane County courtroom picture could lead to charges

Published: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A person accused of taking pictures of Kane County court proceedings could face such charges as disorderly conduct and contempt of court, according to a Kane County Sheriff’s Office report.

A deputy was called to the Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles Township on Jan. 15 to assist court security with an incident that happened in courtroom 305, police reported.

Court security reportedly saw a subject take pictures with his cellphone during an armed robbery hearing.

Authorities confiscated the Samsung Galaxy S and found numerous pictures of the defendant, an assistant state’s attorney and Judge Susan Clancy Boles, police reported.

Police reported the phone also contained images of the subject and others in possession of loaded handguns and rifles.

Two assistant state’s attorneys told authorities that because of the circumstances, the subject could be charged with disorderly
conduct and contempt of court. Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Pat Gengler said Friday the case remains under review with the State’s Attorney’s Office.

He said it should be no surprise that photography, video taking and talking on cellphones are prohibited in courtrooms, as signs are posted with those rules.

“Even we are supposed to turn our phones off,” Gengler said. “It’s pretty strict.”

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