Ohio Supreme Court Says Cell-Phone Smash Unlawful

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio Supreme Court has reinstated a felony conviction of a man who smashed a cell phone to keep his nephew from calling 911 while they fought.

The state's highest court ruled unanimously Wednesday that Raynell Robinson of Marysville in central Ohio violated a state law against disrupting public services.

A lower court had tossed out the conviction, saying the law was meant for large-scale interference with utilities and emergency systems.

But the justices said there was no such language in the law and found it could be applied to the destruction of a single phone being used to communicate with emergency personnel.

Thirty-seven-year-old Robinson had been sentenced to 15 months behind bars on the disrupting public services count.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Combat Vet Location: Ohio on Nov 23, 2009 at 03:59 PM
    Dumb cell phone useage is probably what started the fight.All most people know is yak-yak-yak---text-text-text.I have noticed about 7 out of 10 drivers lately either trying to lay down in the seat and talk or text on a cell phone.While driving on state route 339 yesterday,a woman almost hit me headon while trying to drive about 70mph thru a very dangerous curve in a 55mph zone----and yes,she was text messgeing and i could clearly see toddlers strapped in car seats behind her in the mini-van.Anyone caught doing this should automatically lose their driving rights for life.Wake up America---save cell phone useage for emergency matters---not trying to drive and yak-yak -yak!!!!
  • by anon on Nov 22, 2009 at 08:27 AM
    there should also be a felony added for intimidation. whenever someone is in need of 911 due to these problems and the offender destroys the phone, the offender has destroyed the victim's right to protect himself peacefully and therefore may do so with a weapon. i think this judge needs a sentence handed down for him since his actions symbolize public corruption and protecting criminals.
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