Charge dropped in Berrien County cursing case

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

The legal saga is over for the woman who was put behind bars for swearing in the Berrien County Clerk’s Office in Niles last December.

In court on Friday, Judge Charles LaSata tossed out the case against LaRue Ford, 49, citing a technicality. Ford has been battling the legal system since Dec. 4 when she was locked up and charged with contempt after she was allegedly overheard using profanity while trying to clear up an old traffic ticket.

According to the Niles Daily Star, LaSata dismissed the case because court staff did not follow the proper procedures when charging Ford. The staffers failed to fill out an affidavit spelling out the different aspects of the charges, thus LaSata ruled the case was not properly supported.

After Friday’s ruling, Ford said she is pleased to have the misdemeanor behind her, calling the past month both “grueling,” and “tiring.”


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