Today in History (1862) - The U.S. government forbids all Union army officers from returning fugitive slaves, thus effectively annulling the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 and setting the stage for the Emancipation Proclamation. On the same day in 1865, the Confederate Congress voted to enlist 300,000 black troops, granting them freedom with the consent of their owners. Lee surrendered a few weeks later.
I don't think the judge had two hours of "inexplicable madness." He expects people not to have cellphones in his courtroom and he simply reacted disproportionately to a failure to obey this rule. What's so inexplicable about that?