Title: Yawning Proves Costly
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2005
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contempt of court
impose a fine
Does a judge have the right to impose a fine on anyone who fails to maintain order in the court?
Do you think that yawning is a sign of rudeness?
Do you think this man should have been fined for yawning in court?
How serious do you think it is to disobey a judge’s order?
For More Practice
Would you challenge a judge’s decision if you thought it was too harsh?
Why or why not?
Pretend you are the man who got fined by the judge. What will you say to your friends?
Pretend you are the judge. It is dinner time. Tell your spouse about the yawning
incident in your courtroom.
Role play a situation in which someone is dismissed from a courtroom for unruly behavior.