A Man’s Yawn Lands Him In Jail

August 13, 2009
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An Illinois man let out a loud yawn in the courtroom, now he faces six months in jail. Don’t believe it? Read about the yawn, and see photos and video here.

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Clifton Williams was present for his cousin’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 “a very loud, boisterous” yawn, which he said was an “attempt to disrupt the proceedings.”

Did he at least cover his mouth?

Either way, the judge wasn’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 released—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 Rozak’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.

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129 Responses to “A Man’s Yawn Lands Him In Jail”

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  1. 1
    Shit Says:

    That judge is such an asshole, abusing his power like that

  2. 2
    Briano Says:

    Power monkey,compensating for his own sense of self-inadequacy.throw him to the lions of fairness and common sense

  3. 3
    Mike Says:

    The judge was racist, plain and simple. It wasn’t the yawn that got him in jail, but the color of his skin. The judge should be shot in the head!

  4. 4
    dave Says:

    dont know if judge is white
    power trip
    dont know was not there

  5. 5
    dave remit Says:

    dont know if judge is white
    power trip
    dont know was not there

    but still not enough information to make judgement on the judge because I was not there but sound like power trip (thats where i put the money) or may be he tired of punks

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    Pretzel Pete Says:

    I can sum up my response to the story and subsequent comments in one word: YAWN

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    Leila Pitcher Says:

    Finally a place where people are penalized for blatently disrespecting authority. Harsh? yes Old school? yes Uncalled for? Not at all.

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    That Judge is worse den a dog Says:

    Dude you r so stupid n dumb judge I believe u r racist if he yawn to disrupt what he’s saying he can say again you dumb shyt god dog?

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    lucy Says:

    only in America…… its clearly not racism if he has done this many times. why does everyone say it’s racism if it involves a black man? it makes no difference what colour he is, this judge is clearly an asshole.

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    Jim Waters Says:

    The “Judge” should be jailed for Contempt of our judicial system. Who the heck does he think he is…….God ????

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