ST. JOSEPH — While a witness was testifying in Berrien County Trial Court Chief Judge Mabel Mayfield’s courtroom recently, his cellphone started to ring.

“He immediately shut it off. I didn’t take it away from him, and he continued his testimony. We need to get accustomed to reminding everyone of the rules, and I had failed to do that,” Mayfield said. “Phones must be silent in the courtroom.”

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