Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Man Jailed for Yawning

This is one of those stories that probably has some explanation missing.

Clifton Williams, 33, of Richton Park, is facing six months in jail for making what court documents call a yawn-like sound in Will County Judge Daniel Rozak's court last month.

The yawn happened as Williams' cousin, Jason Mayfield, was being sentenced for a drug charge on July 23.

Rozak found Williams in contempt of court and sentenced him to six months in jail. However, Rozak could free Williams after a status hearing Thursday, if Williams apologizes and the judge accepts. By then, Williams will have served 21 days.

There seems to be some dispute as to the sound Williams made. It's described as a yawn, but could it really be so loud as to warrant a 6-month jail term?