Just turn your phone off in such settings. (credit: Flickr user: Davidlohr Bueso)

A Chicago lawyer who took photos and tweeted them from a federal courthouse is in serious hot water. US District Chief Judge Ruben Castillo has ordered (PDF) Vincent “Trace” Schmeltz III to appear in his courtroom later this month and explain why he shouldn’t face sanctions.
Chicago-based ethics lawyers told the National Law Journal that Schmeltz could face a censure, reprimand, or fine. He could also be subject to separate discipline from state officials who regulate the bar.
Schmeltz took the photos last month during the United States v. Coscia trial, a closely watched case that involved the first trial over what’s called “spoofing,” a term for buying a futures contract with the intent of canceling it later.
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