An Illinois man let out a loud yawn in the courtroom, now he faces six months in jail. Donâ€™t believe it? Read about the yawn, and see photos and video here.
Clifton Williams was present for his cousinâ€™s sentencing hearing at the Will County Court in Joilet, Illinois on July 23rd. Circuit Judge Daniel Rozak was in the process of declaring the sentence when Williams let out what a prosecutor in attendance called â€śa very loud, boisterousâ€ť yawn, which he said was an â€śattempt to disrupt the proceedings.â€ť
Did he at least cover his mouth?
Either way, the judge wasnâ€™t amused, and sentenced Williams to six months in jail for criminal contempt of court.
Judge Rozak is apparently not shy about handing out contempt charges.
The Chicago Tribune reports that he doled out more than 33% of all such charges in the 12th Judicial Court over the last decade. Others who have been charged included individuals whose cell phones rang during proceedings, and people who have audibly cursed while attending sentencing hearings.
After serving the mandatory minimum of 21 days in jail, Clifton Williams could apologize to the judge and be releasedâ€”if the apology is accepted. His chance will come this Thursday.
For his sake, we hope he is well rested when he returns to Judge Rozakâ€™s Courtroom.
What do you think? Did the judge go way overboard by sending him to jail? Or is this finally an example of someone putting their foot down for common etiquette? Let us hear your opinion in the comments section below.
See more photos and video below.