Monday, May 24, 2010

Chicago Criminal attorney comments on court attire, power, contempt, and the 1st Amendment

This Chicago Criminal attorney has posted here and here about contempt of court charges.   Earlier today, the woman exercising her First Amendment right to Free Speech tried to get the judge to change her mind on the contempt charge.

A Lake County judge declined this morning to vacate a contempt of court ruling against a Round Lake Park woman who wore a T-shirt in court that offended the judge.
 Jennifer LaPenta was jailed in early May by Lake County Associate Judge Helen Rozenberg after the judge held her in contempt. In court for a friend's hearing that day, LaPenta wore a shirt that displays the words: "I have the (slang for female body part) so I make the rules."
 Now that they asked the judge nicely to vacate the contempt charge it will go up on appeal.  Anyone care to guess what the outcome of the appeal will be?

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