Skip to comments.Judge holds woman in contempt for wearing offensive T-shirt
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
(Excerpt) Read more at suntimes.com ...
LaPenta said she had been at a gym Monday when her friend asked her for a ride to the courthouse
But nobody forced her to go INSIDE the courthouse..
I bet her grandma is showing the article in the paper to all of her friends.
What kind of slut wears something like this?
America’s swirling around the drain.
Let me guess...a government school educated slut?
If we start locking up people for being crude, classless messes, the Phillies will have nobody at their baseball games.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If that demonstrably narcissistic tyrant wannabe cant get simple things strait then the law is the very last job that individual should hold.
Its a court of law not a bowling party.
“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.
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.
I wonder what her father thought of it
Hey, its Chicago. Ya have to lower the standards.
You forgot your sarcasm tag.
“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.
Better make that a triple-bagger. You wouldn't want your dog to lose all respect for you.
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.... :)
She was at the gym? she must go there to eat
Not for that women! It would take a mighty desperate man (if she even does it with men) to go along with her rules.
There isn’t enough beer in the world....
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?
Specifically, what did he get wrong? I mean, from a legal perspective.
more likely the court room...
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.
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.
“I wonder what her father thought of it”
Right.....like THAT was raised with a father in the home.
“Judge holds woman in contempt”
His wife said he could.
Obviously a regular at the gym...
The general truth is, though,
men act as badly as women allow them to.
I think we need to enhance the charges.
Change “have” to “am” and it is Obama’s shirt!
Isn’t she the one David Letterman was fooling around with?
probably rolled into the court room wearing crotch-less panties too... what is that smell?
My version of that is:
Men lead...where women guide them.
Lighten up your honor.”
It is inside a court room.
I agree with the judge.
Bad enough to see it out on the street.
She obviously does not make the rules.
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.
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.
*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.
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.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.