the republic logo

Michigan judge reprimanded by state Supreme Court for jailing woman with tart tongue

Share/Save/Bookmark

NILES, Michigan — The Michigan Supreme Court has reprimanded a judge whose high bond forced a woman to jail for 10 days for cursing in a courthouse.

The court says Berrien County Judge Dennis Wiley agreed to the censure for committing misconduct in December 2012.

Wiley took action against LaRue Ford solely on his own after overhearing court employees in Niles talk about her tart tongue. Ford was upset over fines and a hold on her driver's license.

Wiley accused Ford of contempt of court, although he didn't witness her behavior. She spent a night in jail. Two weeks later, Wiley raised her bond to $5,000, and Ford spent another 10 days in jail, including Christmas.

Another Berrien County judge released Ford when the American Civil Liberties Union intervened.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

All comments are moderated before posting. Your email address must be verified with Disqus in order for your comment to appear.
View our commenting guidelines and FAQ's here.

Story copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)

Category:

Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2014 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.