Springdale Woman Jailed After Photos From Court Put On Facebook

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A Springdale woman will spend five days in jail after authorities say she snapped several photographs with her cell phone in a Benton County courtroom.

Katheryn Helen Hackett, 19, was booked into jail Thursday after being found in contempt of court. She also faces charges of delivery of methamphetamine and theft of property in a criminal case from June, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Hackett took several photographs of inmates in Judge Brad Karren’s courtroom in Benton County Circuit Court and later posted them on Facebook, according to a representative in Karren’s office.

Authorities noticed the Facebook posts, and the judge ordered Hackett to appear in his courtroom Thursday. Karren sentenced the suspect to five days in jail on contempt of court, according to the judge’s office.

Hackett has a court date set for Aug. 25 in Benton County, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Several area courtrooms have rules against taking photographs or using cell phones, although a courtroom in Washington County allows the use of video and photographs from behind a glass barrier.


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