Sleeping Judge’s Ruling Upheld

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — If a trial judge takes a catnap during a trial, is it a reason for an appeals court to dog the entire proceeding? The Kansas Supreme Court has laid that argument to rest with a ruling on Wednesday. The state high court says a defendant’s guilty verdict in a firearms case can’t be automatically reversed just because the judge dozed off during the first day of the case. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the high court rejected a legal interpretation by the lower Kansas Court of Appeals that granted a new trial to Daquantrius Johnson. The judge acknowledged that he did fall asleep — but noted there were no objections from attorneys raised while he was briefly in dreamland. The Supreme Court concluded that the trial judge’s slumber amounted to regrettable misconduct — but not grounds for an immediate reversal.