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Published:August 12th, 2009 13:45 EST
Yawn In Court: Go To Jail

Yawn In Court: Go To Jail

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Clifton Williams, 33, attended his cousin`s July hearing at Will County Courthouse in Joliet. His cousin, Jason Mayfield, pled guilty to a felony drug charge. As the judge sentenced Mayfield to two years probation, Williams let out a yawn, an involuntary faux pas in such a formal setting.

Circuit Judge Daniel Rozak thought the yawn was criminal and sentenced Williams to six months in jail, the maximum penalty for contempt of court without a jury trial. Rozak`s order said that Williams `raised his hands while at the same time making a loud yawning sound,` causing a disrespectful interruption in court."

I don`t believe in coddling criminals, and I`m all for tough judges who mete out lengthy sentences. But Judge Rozak is a tyrant, who abuses his power and he should be impeached.

The idiot judge lets a criminal who pled guilty to a drug offense walk free, while a hapless dude who couldn`t suppress a yawn has to spend at least three weeks in jail.

Yawns are very contagious, in fact I yawned while reading this story. Everyone in the court room could have easily yawned, would the judge have ruled that everybody was in contempt of court?

I wonder what the judge will do if someone inadvertently farts in the court room? He will probably sentence him to life in prison, without the possibility of parole.

Robert Paul Reyes is a NewsBlaze writer on Politics, Pop Culture and Pointless Pontificating. Contact him by writing to NewsBlaze.