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As William Clifton sat while his cousin pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge, he stretched out and yawned.  His sentence?  Six months in jail.  WOW I know right.  According to the Chicago Tribune, the maximum someone can be held in criminal contempt without a jury is 6 months.  The judge saw his gesture as total disrespect and an attempt to disrupt the court proceedings.  I’m no lawyer or anything like that but don’t we need room to lock-up real criminals in an already over-crowded jail system.  We have over 10,000 people locked up in Cook County jail and last I checked yawning wasn’t on the same level as murder, theft, kidnapping, drug dealing, etc.  Just last month, I remember Donte Stallworth being released from jail after serving a 30-day sentence for DUI manslaughter.  On the other hand, another man gets 6 months for yawning in the courtroom.  SMH

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-Ron

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