Judge Marco Santia in Roseville, Michigan, was recently livestreamed on Facebook while expressing his anger about having his court livestreamed on Facebook by a defendant at the same time (video below).
Photography is Not a Crime notes there were two TV cameras from WXYZ livestreaming the court proceedings on Facebook while Santia chewed out Taylor Trupiano's lawyer, Nicholas Somberg, for the livestreaming by Trupiano:
Mr. Somberg, before we get to that case. I understand that you have a defendant in this courtroom who has been streaming live on Facebook, the proceedings, is that correct? ... Is there anyone that gave you that permission, sir? ... Do you not know sir that you are an officer of the court? ... You knew that was going on, right? ... Did you ask permission of the court? ... Did you know that you are an officer of the court, sir? ... Then why wouldn't you let me know that was taking place?
Somberg told the judge he thought it was OK because the court was already being livestreamed by the television news station, and because they were in a public area.
Santia pointed to a TV camera, and said: "This is not being livestreamed, sir," as he was being livestreamed to thousands of amused Facebook viewers.
Santia also said "[WXYZ] got permission from me," which elicited yet another apology from Somberg.
Santia responded by citing Somberg with contempt of court.
Trupiano was in court to fight a $128 citation for allowing his car to warm up in his driveway while he went inside his home to retrieve his girlfriend and her child on Jan. 5.
While Trupiano was trying to accomplish this task for 10 minutes, a Roseville officer cited him for violation of a law meant to prevent car theft, reported the Detroit Free Press.
City Attorney Tim Tomlinson said that Trupiano's personal property, his car, was left "wide open" on his property, his driveway.
Tomlinson then recalled how two unattended vehicles had been recently stolen by criminals.
Tomlinson insisted: "There is an important public safety goal this is trying to achieve by having these regulations on the books."
Trupiano said that residents should be allowed warm up their cars on their own property. According to Trupiano, he wanted to avoid putting his girlfriend's son, who has cerebral palsy, in the cold vehicle in freezing weather.
Trupiano also recalled seeing police, valets, school bus drivers and delivery drivers leaving their vehicles running and unattended at times.
Somberg was surprised when Santia ruled against Trupiano.
In another bizarre twist, an unidentified person paid Trupiano's $128 citation, but Roseville district court officials have not decided whether they will accept the payment.
Somberg is due for his own hearing on May 25 for the livestreaming of the court by Trupiano while it was being broadcast by WXYZ.