father said he was "flabbergasted" by the sentence, the maximum issued
for a contempt charge without a jury trial. "It seems to me like
a yawn is an involuntary action," Clifton Williams Sr. told the newspaper.
The court disagreed.
While Rozak did not comment on the charges, a state's attorney's office
spokesman, Chuck Pelkie, said Williams did not let out a "simple" yawn.
"It was a loud and boisterous attempt to disrupt the proceedings," he said.
According to the Tribune,
Rozak is particularly fierce on courtroom decorum, issuing contempt-of-court
charges at the highest rate of any judge in the county. The broad
discretion of judges to control their courts has prompted Rozak to file
contempt charges against people for everything from swearing to not silencing
their cell phones.
However, some of the
people Rozak assigned harsh sentences to were shown leniency if they apologized.
Williams will have
to serve as least 21 days, the Tribune reported, and he has been locked
up since July 23. In a letter to his family, Williams wrote, "I really
can't believe I'm in jail."