Man who yawned in court freed
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