Cursing Woman Released from Mich. Jail After 10 Days

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NILES, Mich. (AP) -- A woman who was kept in a Michigan jail for 10 days after cursing in a courthouse has been released after a second judge intervened.

LaRue Ford tells TV station WOOD she's "speechless" after winning release Friday from the Berrien County jail in Michigan's southwestern corner. She was charged with contempt after a clerk heard Ford use a profanity while trying to take care of an old traffic ticket on Dec. 4.

She posted 10 percent of a $5,000 bond, but Judge Dennis Wiley ordered her to stay in jail without bond Dec. 18 because she had no proof of a permanent address.

The American Civil Liberties Union appealed, and another judge, Alfred Butzbaugh, released Ford. She admits cursing but says she said it to herself.

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  • by Pat Location: Lansing on Jan 20, 2013 at 01:01 AM
    I get offended by people cursing so even if she said it to herself and somebody heard it, they have the right to report her. I especially am tired of cursing in movies and on tv and often avoid going to a movie if there is cursing (or violence) in the previews, change channels, or avoid watching certain shows. Although, sometimes the bleeps are even more annoying. Mainly, it makes the person sound uneducated. If people would take their schooling seriously, they would know what words to use to properly espress themselves. And, if they are at a loss for words, there are other simple words that will work. I know several people that say sugar pops and a few that say drat. Sometimes, a heavy sigh is just enough to release tension.
  • by Lorrie Location: Lansing on Jan 16, 2013 at 01:50 PM
    What ever happened to freedom of speech? I agree that the use of profanity is not "nice," but aren't we all adults here? I admit that I use profanity ... way more often than I should ... but what ever happened to people minding their own business? This article states nothing about anyone being hurt by this woman's words. Get a life, Judge!
  • by Name Location: Location on Dec 30, 2012 at 07:00 AM
    Just goes to show that the people in the courts think they are GOD! Thankfully an Honorable Judge did the right thing and released her.
  • by Cate Location: Leslie on Dec 30, 2012 at 05:28 AM
    this whole case was so un-necessary to start with. Contemp by swearing happens in court houses or their offices more times than you want to count. Its a case of Judge wearing his robe too tight. If the person had of been white, would he have reacted the same? I think not. That Judge needs a few santions against him with the Court police
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