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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