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The case of "Judge Nodd" and other sleeping judges--media, society, and judicial sleepiness.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17552378     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Review cases of judicial sleepiness and subsequent outcomes, including media and community attitudes.
DESIGN: Index case report and Internet search in English language at 2 recent time points.
PARTICIPANTS: Index case and 14 other cases of judicial sleepiness reported on the Internet.
MEASUREMENTS: Qualitative review of media and Internet reports.
RESULTS: The index and other cases highlighted the role of the media seeking a punitive approach to occupational sleepiness, similar to that observed within the transport sector. In the index case, the judge's driver's license was withdrawn, despite official acknowledgement of effective treatment of sleep apnea. In 10 cases, judicial sleepiness resulted in a retrial and, in up to 5 cases, resulted in dismissal or retirement of the judge. In most cases, the cause of sleepiness was not determinable.
CONCLUSION: Judicial sleepiness is not uncommon and is viewed negatively by the media, community, and judicial system. Active monitoring of the judiciary for sleepiness and sleep disorders is suggested.
Ronald R Grunstein; Dev Banerjee
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sleep     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0161-8105     ISO Abbreviation:  Sleep     Publication Date:  2007 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-06-07     Completed Date:  2007-08-09     Revised Date:  2011-05-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7809084     Medline TA:  Sleep     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  625-32     Citation Subset:  IM    
Sleep and Circadian Research Group and NHMRC Centre for Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Automobile Driving / legislation & jurisprudence
Disability Evaluation
Disorders of Excessive Somnolence / diagnosis*,  prevention & control
Judicial Role*
Mass Media*
Middle Aged
New South Wales
Occupational Diseases / diagnosis*
Social Control, Formal*

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