Don’t Yawn in Court

Posted: August 14, 2009 in Uncategorized

Clifton Williams, of Richton Park, Illinois, is facing six months in jail for yawning in court while observing his cousin’s sentencing. Judge Daniel Rozak didn’t like the yawn-like sound that came from Williams so he found him to be in contempt of court and sentenced him to six months in jail. Williams has a status hearing coming up, and it’s possible that he could be released from jail if he apologizes and the judge accepts it. By the time of his hearing he’ll have been in jail for 21 days.

This punishment seems to be a tad harsh. The guy yawned in court. I dont’ give a rat’s ass if he yawned loudly – that’s absolutely no reason to sentence him to any jail time whatsoever. He should have been given a warning if the judge didn’t appreciate the yawn, and then if he did it again he could have been held in contempt. This judge, like many others, seems to have an ego much larger than life. God forbid you yawn in his courtroom. I wonder how much jail time you’d have to serve for sneezing?


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