Sleep study finds a high level of negativity towards judicial sleepiness

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While sleepiness among judges and other members of the judiciary is not uncommon, it is viewed unfavorably by the media, society and the judicial system as a whole, according to a study published in the May 1st issue of the journal SLEEP.

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Ronald R. Grunstein, MD, PhD, of Sydney, Australia, conducted an in-depth qualitative review of media and Internet reports on judicial sleepiness.

One of the more well-known cases that Grunstein pointed out is a story that was first reported by the Daily Telegraph, a Sydney morning newspaper, in March 2005, which involved Ian Dodd, a 56-year-old judge in Sydney who had been reported to the State Judicial Commission for allegedly repeatedly falling asleep while listening to witness testimony and legal arguments. The Daily Telegraph, in a sequence of investigative articles, reported a lengthy list of Judge Dodd

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