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10-16-07, 10:22 PM #1
Woman Overheard Yelling Obscenities at Toilet Could Face Jail Time
SCRANTON, Pa. — A woman who allegedly shouted profanities at her overflowing toilet within earshot of a neighbor was cited for disorderly conduct, authorities said.
Dawn Herb could face up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $300 (euro212).
"It doesn't make any sense. I was in my house. It's not like I was outside or drunk," Herb told The Times-Tribune of Scranton. "The toilet was overflowing and leaking down into the kitchen and I was yelling (for my daughter) to get the mop."
Herb does not recall exactly what she said, but she admitted letting more than a few bad words fly near an open bathroom window Thursday night.
Her next-door neighbor, a city police officer who was off-duty at the time, asked her to keep it down, police said. When she continued, the officer called police.
Mary Catherine Roper, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union in Philadelphia, took issue with the citation.
"You can't prosecute somebody for swearing at a cop or a toilet," she said.
Sorry about your luck lady, if I'm off duty and I can hear it and you're asked to keep it down and you persist, you deserve what ya get.
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10-17-07, 12:35 AM #2
That's a crappy charge.
10-17-07, 08:51 PM #3
In CA we would arrest for profanity in the presence of women or children in the 60's but I think that was struck down by the Supremes long ago.
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10-17-07, 10:02 PM #4
The news article is typical media hysterics.
The actual charge sounds more like noise ordinance stuff than the actual swearing.
If I'm wrong and it is just the swearing, I gotta say I think the charge should fail a court test.I'm your huckleberry...
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10-17-07, 10:37 PM #5
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