An attorney is standing in the courtroom preparing to make the key argument in his client’s defense when the ringing of a cellphone stops everything.
All eyes in the courtroom turn toward where the noise came from, looking for the cause of the interruption. Johnson County Superior Court 3 Judge Lance Hamner brings the trial to a halt, asking the violator to step before his bench. An unfriendly tone is used to question the person on why a cellphone is being used in the courtroom.
Still, the distraction has occurred. The focus that the attorney built leading into that key point is gone.