Woman jailed for 11 days for cursing and was police sting legal?
In a case out of Berrien County, Michigan (which is just a little south if you looked straight across Lake Michigan from Milwaukee towards Michigan) a woman was arrested. Sure you say, that happens pretty often. Well, she was ordered arrested by local Judge Dennis Wiley. The woman, LaRue Ford, was trying to pay an old traffic ticket before moving to Indiana. Well, they gave her the run around in terms of paying the old ticket. Ford stated she swore under her breath to herself in frustration.
When she came back later to the office ( mind you this was not in a courtroom but just a County Clerk office) Judge Wiley had ordered her arrest. She spent 11 days in jail for this grave and serious offense before her bail was reduced by a senior judge. O.K., that's background, now for my analysis.
What!! How can the government hold someone for 11 days, if not longer, over swearing to themself? Even if she swore at someone else in the heat of frustration, this punishment is absurd. It is idiotic. I am sick and tired of writing about idiot judges who think they are employed by the Chinese government, or some other despotic nation. Judges have gone nuts with power inside courthouses. They rule like despots imprisoning men and women for days for things such as not only chewing gum, but passing gas.
In another case a man saw a purse in a shopping cart in an empty parking lot. He took it home, or was about to take it home, before he was pulled over by police car in a sting operation. I agree with stings when they involve cracking on down bike thiefs by having bicycles in unlocked cars. If anyone takes a bike that is in a car, it is obvious that they are trying to steal it.
But if someone finds a purse in a shopping cart in an empty lot, are they necessary stealing, if they take it with them? After all, people bring found wallets and purses everyday in America, to police stations. Did they commit theft at some point? Of course not. Maybe this guy could have went to the nearest store and dropped off the purse there, but then again, maybe the police would have busted him even before he got that far. Stings exist to guard against actual criminal activity that takes place.
I hope charges are dropped, or that a jury returns an acquittal. This was one badly constructed sting by the police. Answers should be demanded of them. The criminal justice system does not exist, of course, to put people in jail, for jail's sake.