Tired of the Legal System


A Chicago-area man is facing six months in jail for yawning, albeit loudly, in court.

According to news reports, Clifton Williams was in the audience during the sentencing of his cousin for a drug charge when he made a yawn-like sound that angered Will County (Ill.) Judge Daniel Rozak.  Williams was charged with criminal contempt and could serve a maximum of six months.

“This was a very loud, boisterous, deliberate attempt on the part of this individual to disrupt the proceedings and show disrespect to the court,” Charles Pelkie, spokesman for the Will County state’s attorney’s office said.  “It was not a guy who involuntarily yawned.  This guy was making a statement — a very loud statement — in court.”

Williams’ family disputes the charge, saying it was “not an outrageous yawn.”

—Source:  Chicago Tribune

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