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Bored juror fined for yawn in court Los Angeles (AP)-Call it a rude awakening. A bored juror was cited for contempt and fined $1,000 by a judge for yawning loudly while awaiting questioning in an attempted murder trial. The fine later was reduced to $100. The man, identified only as Juror No. 2386 in an April 1 court transcript, yawned after he had been sitting in a courtroom for two days while awaiting questioning as part of jury selection. “You yawned rather audibly there. As a matter of fact, it was to the point that it was contemptuous,” Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Craig Veals said. “I’m sorry, but I’m really bored,” the juror said. “I’m sorry?” the judge responded. When the juror repeated his statement, he was admonished by the judge for having a “lousy” attitude. “Your boredom just cost you $1,000. I’m finding you in contempt,” Veals said. “Are you quite so bored now?” The judge later called the yawn disruptive. “I can’t run a court when I have someone behaving the way you did,” Veals said. The juror paid the fine after it was reduced to $100. Ultimately, he was questioned but not selected for the trial. The judge’s action drew a mixed reaction from lawyers. At night, lawyer goes briefless Los Angeles (AP)-Criminal defense attorney Ronald S. Miller does more than file his briefs-he also takes them off. Miller has spent days in front of a judge and nights in front of a camera as Don Hollywood-porn star. He has performed in more than 90 films in the past seven years, including Justice Your Ass and The Jerry Shag-Her Show. Miller, 56, tells his clients about his night job and says he has had no trouble balancing the two careers. His wife, a former accountant, is also a porn star. “My whole life, I’ve been one of those people who sees the wet paint sign and has to go up and touch it to see if it’s wet,” said Miller, who is currently working on 30 to 40 cases. “I want to experience everything, try everything.” Ethics expert and attorney Arthur Margolis said Miller isn’t breaking any rules moonlighting as a porn actor. “There isn’t anything more unethical about that than being an actor or a novelist or somebody who sells frozen yogurt,” Margolis said. Georgia obscene phone law tossed Atlanta-The Georgia Supreme Court has struck down a state law that criminalized “obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, or indecent” suggestions made by telephone. Writing for a unanimous court, Justice Robert Benham dispatched the law, Ga. Code Ann. � 46-5-21 (a)(1), as “an overbroad infringement on the right to free speech.” The high court’s four-page decision reversed the misdemeanor conviction Anthony McKenzie received after making collect telephone calls to a 14-year-old girl while he was an inmate at the Forsyth County Detention Center. Then 17, McKenzie was serving time for violating probation for a statutory rape conviction, said his lawyer, R. Parker McFarland Jr. of Cummings McFarland & McFarland. The girl’s mother objected to the calls, during which McKenzie and the girl engaged in sexual banter, according to court briefs. The court heard oral arguments on Valentine’s Day, leading to a playful but revealing exchange between Benham and Inez Grant, a Forsyth County assistant solicitor. Benham wondered about the fate of millions of Georgians who might use the telephone that day to call their spouses and make lascivious suggestions. - Fulton County Daily Report

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