Man who yawned in court freed

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JOLIET, Illi­nois: A judge has freed a man who had been in jail for three weeks af­ter let­ting loose a loud yawn dur­ing a sen­tenc­ing hear­ing.

Clifton Wil­liams, 33, was found in con­tempt of court and jailed on July 23 af­ter yawn­ing in Will County Judge Daniel Rozak’s court, the Chicago Tri­bune re­ported. He could have served six months.

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

As Wil­liams stood be­fore the bench on Thurs­day, the judge gave him a lec­ture. He told Wil­liams he wasn’t in cus­tody for yawn­ing but for mak­ing a sound that was “of­fen­sive to the court”. – Sapa-AP

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