Man jailed for 6 months for yawning

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Illinois, Aug 13: A 33-year-old Clifton Williams was jailed for six months for yawning too loud in Will county judge Daniel Rozak's court on Jul 2009.

Rozak found Williams in contempt of court and sentenced him to six months in jail. However, Rozak could free him if Williams apologizes and judge accepts.

Charles Pelkie, spokesman for the Will county state"s attorney"s office, said, "The prosecutor told him that what Williams did could hardly be called a 'yawn.' This was a very loud, boisterous, deliberate attempt... to disrupt the proceedings and show disrespect to the court."

Pelkie also said, "It was not a guy who involuntarily yawned. This guy was making a statement — a very loud statement — in court."

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