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A man in the US has received a six-month jail sentence for yawning "boisterously" in court.
Clifton Williams, 33, was attending the Will County Courthouse in Illinois to hear the sentencing of his cousin, who had pleaded guilty to a drugs charge.
As Judge Daniel Rozak delivered his verdict of two years' probation, Williams let out a yawn.
The judge responded by giving Williams a six-month prison sentence, the maximum penalty for criminal contempt without a trial by jury.
Originally posted by fraterormus
That's a pretty severe penalty for a Misdemeanor!
I've gotten 3 Contempt of Courts, although I was found innocent of two of them, one I did plea-bargain and got slapped with 40 hours of Community Service which at the time I thought was overly harsh. In retrospect, after reading this article, I think I got off lucky!
That definitely takes the cake over getting 6 months for Leaning With the Intent to Fall and Molesting a Cheeseburger.
Hopefully this guy's lawyer gets another Judge to vacate the verdict. Judges have bad days too and make some really bad decisions...but thankfully one of their peers can recognize this and override those bad decisions.
In one of my early books, I suggested that the potential significance of '___' and other psychedelics for psychiatry and psychology was comparable to the value the microscope has for biology and medicine or the telescope has for astronomy. My later experience with psychedelics only confirmed this initial impression. These substances function as unspecific amplifiers that increase the energetic niveau in the psyche and make the deep unconscious dynamics available for conscious processing.
~Stanislav Grof, M.D.
Originally posted by djzombie
First off - prohibition creates crime, not drugs.
You can take any commodity, ban it, and achieve the same negative affects, short supply, high prices, and people willing to be violent to obtain their goal.
Make sugar illegal for instance, and tomorrow there will be a black market for it, all the same negative effects that surround drugs will now surround that product.
The war on drugs is a failure, and is only used to imprison nonviolent and otherwise law abiding citizens.
80% of the prison population in the US is non violent drug offenses.
Any laws made beyond the concern of a violation of another's rights are outright tyranny.
The U.S. has the highest prison population in the world, and the majority of them never hurt anybody or posed any danger to society!