Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Update on Article: Judge sentences man to 6 months in jail for yawning Posted August 16, 2009

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Ill. man jailed for yawning freed after 3 weeks

JOLIET, Ill. – An Illinois judge has freed a man who had been in jail for three weeks after letting loose a loud yawn during a sentencing hearing. Thirty-three-year-old Clifton Williams of Richton Park was found in contempt of court and jailed on July 23 after yawning in Will County Judge Daniel Rozak's court. He could have been jailed for six months.

Williams was in court for his cousin's sentencing on a drug charge. A prosecutor in court at the time described the offending yawn as "loud and boisterous."

As Williams stood before the bench in shackles on Thursday, the judge gave him a short lecture. He told Williams he wasn't in custody for simply yawning but for making a sound "that was offensive to the court."


JMC Ministries thoughts

Well thank the Lord that this man was released. This to us anyway was so ridiculous. However, I find the last line of the article the most ridiculous. That he made a sound that was offensive to the court.

Now we are going to be a little ornery here and ask this question. So what if you are in the court room and have to Fart you can't get out of the court room in time and it slips out, and in that process makes a loud sound? Would that be considered an "offensive sound to the court?" Just wondering.

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