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Judge holds woman in contempt for wearing offensive T-shirt
Chicago Sun Times ^ | 5/6/2010 | BETH KRAMER News Sun

Posted on 05/06/2010 11:45:19 AM PDT by FeliciaCat

A Round Lake Park woman was held in contempt and jailed because a judge found a message on her T-shirt offensive. Associate Judge Helen Rozenberg held Jennifer LaPenta, who was attending a hearing in a friend's case, in contempt of court for wearing a T-shirt that read: "I have the p----, so I make the rules."

The judge asked LaPenta, 19, if she thought her shirt was appropriate.

LaPenta said she told the judge that it would have been inappropriate if she had been the defendant.

"They should be out looking for people who are breaking the law, not arresting someone wearing a T-shirt," said LaPenta, 19. She was released from Lake County Jail on Tuesday.

LaPenta said she had been at a gym Monday when her friend asked her for a ride to the courthouse. She was wearing sweat pants and the T-shirt when she was handcuffed and jailed

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Her parents must be so proud....
1 posted on 05/06/2010 11:45:19 AM PDT by FeliciaCat
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To: FeliciaCat

LaPenta said she had been at a gym Monday when her friend asked her for a ride to the courthouse
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Fine...

But nobody forced her to go INSIDE the courthouse..


2 posted on 05/06/2010 11:47:06 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: FeliciaCat

I bet her grandma is showing the article in the paper to all of her friends.


3 posted on 05/06/2010 11:48:12 AM PDT by SLB (23rd Artillery Group, Republic of South Vietnam, Aug 1970 - Aug 1971.)
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To: FeliciaCat
OK so the woman is a jerk, but I saw a picture of her in the shirt and I just had to laugh. Okay so I'm bad, but it was funny. If this doesn't make you laugh, you have no sense of humor. That's what she should have told the judge.

Lighten up your honor.
4 posted on 05/06/2010 11:48:34 AM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: Tennessee Nana
Well, she is telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Seems appropriate to me. If this were an Obummer appointee, she would have been wearing the same shirt under her robe.
5 posted on 05/06/2010 11:49:52 AM PDT by MPJackal ("From my cold dead hands.")
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To: FeliciaCat

Just damn...


6 posted on 05/06/2010 11:50:45 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: FeliciaCat

What kind of slut wears something like this?

America’s swirling around the drain.


7 posted on 05/06/2010 11:51:13 AM PDT by Bullish (Light skinned with no negro dialect (unless I want one))
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To: Bullish

Let me guess...a government school educated slut?


8 posted on 05/06/2010 11:52:29 AM PDT by achilles2000 (Shouting "fire" in a burning building is doing everyone a favor...whether they like it or not)
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To: FeliciaCat

If we start locking up people for being crude, classless messes, the Phillies will have nobody at their baseball games.


9 posted on 05/06/2010 11:53:18 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: truthguy

I’m guessing that there was more to this story than the shirt. I’m guessing she was asked to leave the courtroom and if she wanted to come back to be dressed appropriately. I’m also guessing she smarted off to the judge. Judge’s have a hard time holding the line on this sort of time and since each judge is the ruler of his/her courtroom, I’m on the judge’s side.


10 posted on 05/06/2010 11:53:59 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: FeliciaCat

If this was 1975, the judge would be spot on. But now, it’s acceptable to wear that shirt to Mass, weddings, funerals, job interviews and Obama’s inauguration. He shoulda just told her to get out of the courtroom.


11 posted on 05/06/2010 11:54:28 AM PDT by Krankor (wELL SAID)
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To: Tennessee Nana

I guess freedom of speech doesn’t apply in the courthouse. He should have asked her to leave and not return. If she refused then contempt. He may have...I didn’t read the entire story.


12 posted on 05/06/2010 11:54:28 AM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Reading the t-shirt....and taking a look at her, she can keep her p***y...and she isn’t maing the rules for me. I consider her to be a double bagger.


13 posted on 05/06/2010 11:56:28 AM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: FeliciaCat

The pic with the original article tells you about everything you need to know about her. A contemptible person who shows contempt for everything, I’d say.

I doubt this young woman (she doesn’t have the excuse of being a kid) will learn her lesson. Rather, she’ll wonder why the world is being so hard on her while she walks around making a nuisance of herself.


14 posted on 05/06/2010 11:56:38 AM PDT by saundby
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To: FeliciaCat; SW6906

It turns out that, inside a court room, it’s the guy in the black dress with the big gavel that gets to make the rules.


15 posted on 05/06/2010 11:56:57 AM PDT by namsman
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To: FeliciaCat
Survey Says:

GUILTY


16 posted on 05/06/2010 11:58:19 AM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: achilles2000
I think it's, oddly shaped.


17 posted on 05/06/2010 11:58:27 AM PDT by WakeUpAndVote (Drill baby, drill!)
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To: Tennessee Nana
And nobody forced the brain dead idiot judge to practice law in a country where due process is required of even judges.

If that demonstrably narcissistic tyrant wannabe cant get simple things strait then the law is the very last job that individual should hold.

18 posted on 05/06/2010 12:00:12 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: truthguy
Lighten up your honor.

Its a court of law not a bowling party.

19 posted on 05/06/2010 12:00:26 PM PDT by CharacterCounts (November 4, 2008 - the day America drank the Kool-Aid)
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To: Ouderkirk

“I consider her to be a double bagger.”

A double bagger with the lights out, senses numbed with prodigious amounts of alcohol, and a loaded gun to your (or my) head.


20 posted on 05/06/2010 12:01:46 PM PDT by Levante
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To: FeliciaCat

The USSC has already said “f**** the draft” is protected speech. If this is not protected political speech ( a very loose test) then she would be screwed.


21 posted on 05/06/2010 12:02:34 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Ouderkirk

I wonder what her father thought of it


22 posted on 05/06/2010 12:03:22 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: for-q-clinton

Hey, its Chicago. Ya have to lower the standards.


23 posted on 05/06/2010 12:04:12 PM PDT by griffin (Constitution Unchained! - krsieanforcongress.com)
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To: truthguy

You forgot your sarcasm tag.


24 posted on 05/06/2010 12:04:49 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the chariot wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: FeliciaCat

“A Round Lake Park woman was held in contempt and jailed because a judge found a message on her T-shirt offensive.”

I’m a little unclear, here.

Why should someone be jailed because some judge is “offended” by something on their T-shirt? There’s nothing illegal about what that girl was wearing, so why is it any of the judge’s business? What if the judge is a Democrat, and suddenly decides to jail people for wearing George Bush, anti-Obama, or American Flag T-shirts? Should she have THAT right, too?

If I was the young woman, I would have offered to take the offensive shirt off — right there and then.


25 posted on 05/06/2010 12:05:10 PM PDT by Pravious
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To: Levante
A double bagger with the lights out, senses numbed with prodigious amounts of alcohol, and a loaded gun to your (or my) head.

Better make that a triple-bagger. You wouldn't want your dog to lose all respect for you.

26 posted on 05/06/2010 12:05:58 PM PDT by Bob
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To: truthguy

Hey truthguy...

I’m sure you’re aware that the truth almost always offends someone.

And the concept expressed on this T-Shirt is truth.

Now, if women would only use their power for good instead of evil.... :)


27 posted on 05/06/2010 12:06:21 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: WakeUpAndVote

She was at the gym? she must go there to eat


28 posted on 05/06/2010 12:08:47 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: MrB
And the concept expressed on this T-Shirt is truth.

Not for that women! It would take a mighty desperate man (if she even does it with men) to go along with her rules.

29 posted on 05/06/2010 12:09:04 PM PDT by CharacterCounts (November 4, 2008 - the day America drank the Kool-Aid)
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To: WakeUpAndVote

There isn’t enough beer in the world....


30 posted on 05/06/2010 12:09:45 PM PDT by achilles2000 (Shouting "fire" in a burning building is doing everyone a favor...whether they like it or not)
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To: FeliciaCat

I believe the better course of action for the judge would have been to ask this young dingbat to leave the courtroom. Arresting her was a dumb ass thing to do.

Was the t-shirt inappropriate. Of course. Do you arrest her for exercising her first amendment right to be a fool?

Certainly not!


31 posted on 05/06/2010 12:10:25 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Be still & kneel before the know-nothing Omnipotent One, Il Douche' Jr., may fleas be upon him.)
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To: MrEdd
If that demonstrably narcissistic tyrant wannabe cant get simple things strait then the law is the very last job that individual should hold.

Specifically, what did he get wrong? I mean, from a legal perspective.

32 posted on 05/06/2010 12:10:54 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

more likely the court room...


33 posted on 05/06/2010 12:12:33 PM PDT by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: Pravious
There’s nothing illegal about what that girl was wearing, so why is it any of the judge’s business?

There is a certain level of respect and decorum that is expected in a courtroom. Unless you are dragged there for violating the law, if you can't extend that respect and decorum, stay the heck out.

The judge probably asked her to leave, and I would be willing to bet she got mouthy with him. She's the idiot.

34 posted on 05/06/2010 12:14:39 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: for-q-clinton

Don’t confuse he T-Shirt for freedom of speech... There should be some decorum in a court room... I don’t thing going right to arresting for contempt is wrong but hey, the woman showed very poor judgement.


35 posted on 05/06/2010 12:14:47 PM PDT by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: AppyPappy

“I wonder what her father thought of it”

Right.....like THAT was raised with a father in the home.


36 posted on 05/06/2010 12:14:58 PM PDT by Grunthor (Over YOUR dead body!)
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To: FeliciaCat

“Judge holds woman in contempt”

His wife said he could.


37 posted on 05/06/2010 12:15:25 PM PDT by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: WakeUpAndVote

Obviously a regular at the gym...


38 posted on 05/06/2010 12:16:23 PM PDT by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: CharacterCounts

The general truth is, though,
men act as badly as women allow them to.


39 posted on 05/06/2010 12:19:27 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: for-q-clinton

I think we need to enhance the charges.


40 posted on 05/06/2010 12:20:08 PM PDT by Defiant (At what point will average Democrats say their leaders have gone too far? Is there any limit?)
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To: FeliciaCat

Change “have” to “am” and it is Obama’s shirt!


41 posted on 05/06/2010 12:24:08 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: for-q-clinton

Isn’t she the one David Letterman was fooling around with?


42 posted on 05/06/2010 12:24:24 PM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: FeliciaCat

probably rolled into the court room wearing crotch-less panties too... what is that smell?


43 posted on 05/06/2010 12:28:14 PM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: MrB
The general truth is, though, men act as badly as women allow them to.

My version of that is:

Men lead...where women guide them.

44 posted on 05/06/2010 12:28:51 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: truthguy

Lighten up your honor.”

It is inside a court room.

I agree with the judge.

Bad enough to see it out on the street.


45 posted on 05/06/2010 12:28:53 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: FeliciaCat

She obviously does not make the rules.


46 posted on 05/06/2010 12:30:01 PM PDT by Thurston_Howell_III (Ahoy polloi... where did you come from, a scotch ad?)
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To: MrEdd
And nobody forced the brain dead idiot judge to practice law in a country where due process is required of even judges.


You don't know much about the law do you?

A judge, within his (her's) courtroom has a lot of authority on what happens with in it, up to and including what you are wearing.

Any time I have been called for jury duty they were very clear on what is appropriate to wear. What is appropriate for the street is not necessarily appropriate inside a court room.

47 posted on 05/06/2010 12:33:09 PM PDT by CIB-173RDABN
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To: MEGoody

The judge is a she.

Specifically, what law was violated.

Most people might tend to simply ask the person to leave. By the article judge Helen skipped ahead to locking someone whose clothing she dissaproved of in jail.

While the media often creates a false impression, they do not do so more often than egotistical judges do stupid crap.

The media didn’t give us Kelo vs. New London.


48 posted on 05/06/2010 12:33:48 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: MEGoody

*There is a certain level of respect and decorum that is expected in a courtroom.*

I’ve heard worse ideas expressed by defense attorneys, so try another line of reasoning.


49 posted on 05/06/2010 12:34:13 PM PDT by j-damn
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To: for-q-clinton
I guess freedom of speech doesn’t apply in the courthouse.

There is certainly no freedom of speech in the courtroom. People speak only when allowed to by the judge. A witness may be interrupted when she goes off track. Words that are said can be unsaid if the judge instructs the jury to forget them.

50 posted on 05/06/2010 12:37:32 PM PDT by Greysard
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