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49ersfan_87
08-11-2009, 04:07 PM
http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/weird/Yawn-in-Court-Earns-Prison-Time-52880012.html

Williams, 33, attended his cousin's July hearing at Will County Courthouse in Joliet (http://www.nbcnewyork.com/topics?topic=Joliet). His cousin, Jason Mayfield (http://www.nbcnewyork.com/topics?topic=Jason+Mayfield), pled guilty to a felony drug charge. As the judge sentenced Mayfield to two years probation, Williams let out a yawn, an involuntary faux pas in such a formal setting.
Circuit Judge Daniel Rozak (http://www.nbcnewyork.com/topics?topic=Daniel+Rozak) thought the yawn was criminal and sentenced Williams to six months in jail, the maximum penalty for contempt of court without a jury trial.

Power trip much?

princefielder28
08-11-2009, 04:11 PM
Unreal, people love to abuse their power

Ravens1991
08-11-2009, 04:22 PM
even if it was a god this is so stupid and boring yawn and he did it really loud. He shouldnt have gotten 6 months. That is insane.

aNYtitan
08-11-2009, 04:36 PM
Damn, now I know to cover my mouth whenever I yawn in court

Brent
08-11-2009, 05:36 PM
today's lesson: don't get caught with drugs.

Crickett
08-11-2009, 05:48 PM
today's lesson: don't get caught with drugs.

Ironically, no, the guy who got caught with drugs only got probation.

Apparently yawning is a much more severe crime.

The Unseen
08-11-2009, 06:18 PM
today's lesson: don't get caught with drugs.

Also, judges are bitches. See Judy, Judge.

Brent
08-11-2009, 06:24 PM
no, Crickett, dont get caught with drugs or your family members are going to jail.

CJSchneider
08-11-2009, 07:57 PM
Ironically, no, the guy who got caught with drugs only got probation.

Apparently yawning is a much more severe crime.

The problems with this country's judicial system amaze me.

fischbowl
08-11-2009, 09:11 PM
I didn't know Diab was elected to public office

Prowler
08-11-2009, 09:40 PM
there's a difference between having the power and having the right to punish somebody like that. it was either racism or ageism. i didn't see any other articles with more information about what happened and if the guy was provoking the judge. but if he was really a problem then they could have just asked him to leave. 6 months of jail? i'd probably just wait outside and beat the judge down in the parking lot and get a lesser sentence.

RaiderNation
08-11-2009, 10:02 PM
Really? Yawning? He should of just been kicked out of the court or something. Unless it was like really REALLY loud

Nitschke-Hawk
08-11-2009, 10:57 PM
Wow. I just did jury duty in that very courthouse.

themaninblack
08-11-2009, 11:26 PM
I find it hard to believe there is absolutely no way he can appeal this. I wonder if he can be pardoned or something like that?

vikes_28
08-12-2009, 12:43 AM
I can maybe see getting kicked out, only if it was one of those terribly loud yawns. But I know that, according to dumblaws.com, it is illegal to burp or sneeze in a church service in Omaha, NE.

JF4
08-12-2009, 12:56 AM
I didn't know Diab was elected to public office

Win. That is all

wogitalia
08-12-2009, 01:24 AM
The world is going to hell... one step at a time. A totally normal body function can now get you 6 months? WTF!

Hollywood
08-12-2009, 01:48 AM
That'll teach him.

JT Jag
08-12-2009, 03:04 AM
This may be just me, but it was my understanding that a six-month sentence for contempt of court is generally reserved for, I dunno, jumping on top of the prosecutor's desk and hurling feces at the judge while yelling "YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!" at the top of your lungs.

TitanHope
08-12-2009, 03:21 AM
Depends if he did it to provoke the judge or not.

Either way, his actions put him in the position to render himself helpless to the verdict of a judge. I don't have much pity for him.

CJSchneider
08-12-2009, 06:59 AM
This may be just me, but it was my understanding that a six-month sentence for contempt of court is generally reserved for, I dunno, jumping on top of the prosecutor's desk and hurling feces at the judge while yelling "YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!" at the top of your lungs.

It obviously includes yawning and a few other meaningless actions such as combing your hair, scratching your ass and blinking.

Gay Ork Wang
08-12-2009, 07:09 AM
dont forget breathing.

The Unseen
08-12-2009, 09:20 AM
Depends if he did it to provoke the judge or not.

Either way, his actions put him in the position to render himself helpless to the verdict of a judge. I don't have much pity for him.

You break into my house. The alarm goes off, and you start to run off. But I get my gun and shoot you in the head as you're leaving. You stole nothing, but your actions put you in the position to render yourself helpless to the verdict of my gun. I don't have much pity for you.

narc

vidae
08-12-2009, 10:33 AM
Imagine if the guy farted. He'd get 25 to life.

CJSchneider
08-12-2009, 10:54 AM
Of the 30 judges in the 12th Judicial Circuit, Rozak has brought more than a third of all the contempt charges in the last 10 years.

This fool is still on the bench?

Gay Ork Wang
08-12-2009, 11:24 AM
This fool is still on the bench?
oh wow lol. seems like he really dislikes anything anyone does.

Staubach12
08-12-2009, 11:24 AM
The people we have as judges in this country...