Florida Judge falls asleep during trial
KeysInfoNet: Keys judge falls asleep on the bench in the middle of a trial, blames Ambien” by Larry Kahn:
A Florida Keys judge fell asleep in the middle of a trial June 12 — just as an attorney only a few feet from the bench was presenting him evidence.
“It’s no secret. I have certain health issues,” Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Tegan Slaton said Tuesday of the episode.
His judicial aide told him he looked like a “zombie,” and that he had “lack of clear speech, lack of jocularity, lack of being able to communicate,” Slaton said. “Just overall out of it, by a drug prescribed by my doctor. I took the bench. Granted, it was a mistake.”