The opinion of the court was delivered by: J. Leon Holmes United States District Judge
ELIZABETH R. CUMMINGS and SHEILA JOHNSON, of the law firm of Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C., counsel for defendant in this matter, are hereby authorized to bring a cell phone, laptop computer, or personal digital assistant into the courthouse in Little Rock, Arkansas, between February 14, 2011, and February 17, 2011, subject to the following rules:
(a) The devices mentioned above may not be used to record, photograph, or film anyone or anything inside the courthouse.
(b) Cell phones must be turned off and put away when in the courtroom.
(c) Wireless internet components of electronic devices must be deactivated when in district courtrooms.
(d) 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.
(e) 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 violation of the prohibition on recording, photographing, or filming anyone or anything inside the courthouse may be punished as contempt of court.
SIGNED this 7th day of February, 2011.
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