As a lawyer, it surprises me sometimes when people call or visit my office seeking legal advice, then ask "do I need a lawyer for this?" My typical response is that my younger brothers all grew up with the law at their breakfast table (Dad is a lawyer, and as such, frequently worked through dinner - I wasn't paying attention to that fact and here I am), but I wouldn't send any of them to court alone for a speeding ticket.
Now, thanks to an Illinois criminal court Judge, I have another example why apparently, not even observers attending court in support of a loved one are safe when entering a courtroom:
Judge sentences man to 6 months in jail for yawning -- chicagotribune.com
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