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Richton Park, Ill., resident Clifton Williams paid a stiff price for getting sleepy in court — his yawning cost him three weeks in jail.
In July, the 33-year-old Williams was at a sentencing hearing for his cousin, who had been convicted on drug charges, when he issued a yawn described by prosecutors as “loud and boisterous,” according to the Associated Press (AP). Will County, Ill., Judge Daniel Rozak had Williams arrested on contempt of court charges, on which he could have been held for six months.
When Williams reappeared before Rozak, the judge told him that he had not been arrested simply for yawning, but for making a sound “that was offensive to the court.”