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Woman Misses a Chicago Christmas

The odyssey of this woman-driver started when she couldn’t get a driver’s license in Indiana due to her unpaid fine in Michigan. So she paid the fine, but still couldn’t get the license.

She made several attempts to find out the reason for the problem with the Niles courthouse. Niles clerk’s office discovered she needed to pay a $50 reinstatement fee. Ford then cursed in frustration as she left the office.

Specifically what she said was some “f-ing sh—,” which is somewhat impolite but not, from how her problem is described, inaccurate. The charging document in a bench warrant read that she used profanity in the clerk’s office on Dec. 4. The end was that she spent Christmas in jail.

Judge Dennis Wiley hated profane language which led to one of his decisions getting spiked by the Michigan Appellate Court.

Rev. Edward Pickney rained hellfire sermon from the bible to Judge Alfred Butzbaugh, a colleague of Judge Wiley. Pickney had been sentenced to five years probation for giving valuable consideration to influence the manner of voting by a person, after being accused of buying votes at $5 a pop to recall a Benton Harbor commissioner.

Among the commands in Pickney’s order was that he couldn’t assault or harass people (fair enough) or defame or demean them (okay, that’s odd), “including the use, through any electronic or print media of the mail, e-mail, or internet” (borderline First Amendment violation).

What is particularly weird is the fact that Judge Dennis Wiley held a probation revocation hearing where it held from Rev. William Wylie Kellerman, a minister in the United Methodist Church, who gave expert testimony that the threatening paragraph in the editorial was a paraphrase of several verses from the 28th chapter of Deuteronomy, the fifth book of the Bible.

Kellerman explained that Deuteronomy described a covenant between God and men and that the curses are visited upon men by God. That appears to have been enough for the court which revoked his probation over the use of childish curses.

In the present case, defendant was convicted for paying $5 to persons to vote in favor of the recall of Yarbrough and for possessing AV ballots. The 15th condition of defendant’s probation prohibited defendant from engaging in defamatory and demeaning communications.

People might be nicer if, as a condition of their probation, they couldn’t say anything bad about anyone, ever. Unfortunately, it seems Judge Wiley didn’t learn much from the appellate court.

If you have received a traffic ticket, please contact an experienced speeding ticket lawyers. Protect your right to drive legally.

Source:Chicago Mag Com
(http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/The-312/December-2012-1/Woman-Misses-a-Chicago-Christmas-After-Being-Jailed-For-Swearing)

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