I stumbled upon an
about an Illinois man that was found in contempt of court for yawning
too loudly. The man spent three weeks locked up. I think everyone would
agree that when in a court room you should conduct yourself in a respectful
manner. If you spend anytime in a court room you will find that often
times lawyers, staff, defendants and their family members sometimes fall
short of the proper behavior. But finding someone in contempt of court
and jailing them for three weeks for yawning is arrogant and abusive.
You wouldn't think something like that could happen in an American
court. But it does.
It reminded me of a client I represented about 10 years ago who was found
in contempt of court while on the first floor of the courthouse, not anywhere
near the courtroom. He was jailed for a weekend. Luckily, we were able
to free him after filing a writ.