Jury foreman who used cellphone in court released on bond

WILSON, N.C. (AP) — The jury foreman ordered to spend 30 days in a North Carolina jail for using his cellphone in the jury room is out on bond.

The Wilson Times (http://bit.ly/1QEpVKh ) reports that 41-year-old Christopher Korfmann spent about a week behind bars in the Wilson County jail before his release on a $500 unsecured bond Tuesday.

Korfmann will remain free until his trial on a contempt of court charge.

Korfmann told the newspaper from jail that he had used his cellphone to type notes during his lunch break and turned on the phone to consult them in the jury room. He says he’s sorry and didn’t mean to anger the judge.

Superior Judge Milton Fitch Jr. noted that he told jurors several times they must rely on their recollections, not notes. He declared a mistrial last week.

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Information from: The Wilson Daily Times, http://www.wilsondaily.com

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