Update: Woman jailed for cursing

By: Newscenter 16 Staff Email
By: Newscenter 16 Staff Email

A motion has been filed to disqualify the judge who charged a South Bend woman for contempt last December.

LaRue Ford, 49, has no criminal history yet she found herself in prison for 10 days after cursing in the Berrien County Clerk’s Office in Niles. A trial judge held Ford in contempt on Dec. 4 after hearing her use profanity inside the office, which is connected to the trial court offices, and set her bond at $5,000.

Ford had gone to the courthouse to settle an unpaid fee on a parking ticket she believed she had already paid.

She posted 10-percent of her $5,000 bond on Dec. 18, but was ordered to stay in jail because she had no proof of a permanent address in the state of Indiana.

She was finally released on Friday after a second judge interfered on her behalf.

The legal battle for Ford is not over just yet. According to the Herald Palladium, Ford’s lawyer John Tarnowski has filed a motion to disqualify the first judge from hearing the case. He says Berrien County Trial Judge Dennis Wiley is the one claiming Ford is in criminal contempt, and as the claimant he could potentially be called as a witness himself.

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