By Amy E. Feldman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A Michigan woman killed a cyclist while she was driving and texting. She received six months in jail plus probation, community service, and in addition, lost the right to use a cell phone for two years. The judge in the case said that use of a cell phone is a privilege, not a right, and told her she’d lost that privilege.

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But the legal question arises: if you own property, can you lose the right to use it?

If you have had your due process – that is, gotten your day in court and lost – the answer is yes.

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The punishment for some crimes is forfeiture of property. People have lost houses, vehicles, and other property they owned because of drug crimes committed in them.

Loss of use of a cell phone is a novel punishment but forfeiture is not a new concept. In this case, the defendant’s lawyer said she’s not going to appeal so she will be without use of the cell phone for two years.

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But it’s a lesson for kids and adults alike: your parents and the law have the right to take away your phone when you misbehave.