A 24-year-old guy named Jonathan Davis was sitting in the gallery at an attempted murder trial last Thursday in Gainesville, Florida. Apparently he was friends with the guy on trial.
And in the middle of it, someone noticed he was recording VIDEO with his cell phone. Which you’re not allowed to do.
One of the bailiffs took his phone. And it turned out he wasn’t just recording, he was LIVE-STREAMING the trial on Facebook. Which you’re REALLY not allowed to do.
The judge ended up finding him in contempt . . . and sentenced him to SIX MONTHS in jail for it.
Before the trial started, a few witnesses were scared to testify. So the judge was worried about witness intimidation, and took it seriously.
Jonathan could appeal the ruling. He told the judge he’s a musician, and claimed he was trying to record audio of the trial to use for his music. But he didn’t have an excuse for live-streaming it on Facebook.
And this isn’t his first time behind bars. He was sentenced to 18 months for drug possession in 2015. And he was locked up in 2009 for felony battery, burglary, and false imprisonment. (The Gainesville Sun)