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Appeals Over Sleeping Judges Studied

Posted May 2, 2007 12:55 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A sleep researcher has examined 15 cases of judicial sleepiness, finding that 10 resulted in retrials and up to five forced judges off the bench.

Researcher Ronald Grunstein, a professor in Sydney, Australia, suggests monitoring judges for sleepiness on the bench, Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog reports.

His study, posted by the blog, concludes the media takes a punitive approach to sleepy judges without recognition of possible medical causes.

Grunstein notes that other participants in the judicial system—namely, jurors—may also be vulnerable to sleepiness.

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