Jennifer LaPenta, jailed over 'Offensive' T-Shirt

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  1. Peter Hoggan profile image68
    Peter Hogganposted 9 years ago

    Apparently you can go to jail for offending people.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/0 … 65014.html

    Right or wrong, what’s your opinion?

    1. johneee profile image57
      johneeeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      That's ridiculous! What a joke LMFAO

    2. profile image0
      Brenda Durhamposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Free speech doesn't cover vulgarity. At least in some places, thank goodness. Nor should it.

      1. Peter Hoggan profile image68
        Peter Hogganposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Are you saying that you condone the incarceration of individuals for being vulgar?

        1. Buck Steiner profile image57
          Buck Steinerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          I condone the right of the judge to keep order in his courtroom!

          If the shirt is worn in the Mall then its ok, but don't be stupid and think a Judge will be OK with it in his courtroom.

          1. Peter Hoggan profile image68
            Peter Hogganposted 9 years agoin reply to this

            Forgive my stupidity, you are 100% correct, such a t-shirt would undoubtedly derail the wheels of justice. What was I thinking?

            lol lol lol lol

            1. Buck Steiner profile image57
              Buck Steinerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

              I think you miss my point, its not going to derail the wheels of justice, its just gonna piss off the Judge and land you in jail.

              Try it if you don't believe me.

              1. Peter Hoggan profile image68
                Peter Hogganposted 9 years agoin reply to this

                Obviously I am missing the point, probably because I am, as you suggest, stupid. But if your learned self suggest that by wearing a t-shirt that pisses of a judge is reason to have my liberty suspended then I bow to your superior judgment.

                But why imprisonment, why not just removal from the court?

                1. Buck Steiner profile image57
                  Buck Steinerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

                  I was implying ANYONE who would wear that shirt to court was stupid, don't feel singled out.

                  Have you ever been in a Courtroom? The Judge makes the rules and has carte blanc to do what he/she wants. I don't know why not removal from the Court, maybe she said something moronic, morons tend to do that.

                  Not you, don't get excited.

                  1. Peter Hoggan profile image68
                    Peter Hogganposted 9 years agoin reply to this

                    Perhaps you should have used "anyone" instead of "you", it makes a big difference to the meaning of your statement.

                    I know that a judge has enormous autonomy in the courtroom, and I agree that it was dumb to wear such a garment in court, and I agree it was a moronic act, and I understand the reasons why the judge might have wanted the t-shirt removed from the courtroom. However, that could have been done by asking the individual to ware the t-shirt reverse side out or to leave the courtroom. This would have effectively solved the problem.

                    I actually see nothing wrong with the judge demanding decency in her court room, but I do have issues with huge abuse of power perpetrated on this occasion.

  2. Ohma profile image70
    Ohmaposted 9 years ago

    If that is all there is to it then it is wrong for so many reasons. but so little details were given that it is hard to say.

    1. DevLin profile image60
      DevLinposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      The whole story, she was at the gym and asked to take freind to court. In the gallery, the judge called her up. The judge asked if she thought it was an appropriate shirt to be wearing. She answered, not if I was a defedant. 48 hours in jail for the answer. Ridiculous.

      1. Ohma profile image70
        Ohmaposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        then yes I agree it is a horrid misuse of the power granted to the judge, and he should be defrocked.

        1. DevLin profile image60
          DevLinposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          She judge.  LaPenta said she must not like lesbians, since she is.

  3. ediggity profile image60
    ediggityposted 9 years ago

    Looks like she's the one who got owned!

    1. Peter Hoggan profile image68
      Peter Hogganposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Yep lol

  4. Buck Steiner profile image57
    Buck Steinerposted 9 years ago

    Did she wear this into a courtroom in front of a judge? If so then that judge has the discretion to do whatever he wants!

    On a side note, she's a moron!

    1. Peter Hoggan profile image68
      Peter Hogganposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      A moron perhaps, but WTF happened to free speech?

      1. ediggity profile image60
        ediggityposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        She wasn't speaking.  Does free speech cover obscene clothing?

        1. Peter Hoggan profile image68
          Peter Hogganposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          The clothing wasn’t obscene, in the sense that it was revealing. It's the slogan that is the issue, whether words were spoken or written it still boils down a cencorship of free speech and a complete misuse of power.

      2. Buck Steiner profile image57
        Buck Steinerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Free speech does not exist in a court room.

        1. Peter Hoggan profile image68
          Peter Hogganposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          This seems to be the case.

          1. Buck Steiner profile image57
            Buck Steinerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

            It has always been the case.

  5. Ohma profile image70
    Ohmaposted 9 years ago

    then she should be defrocked.

  6. Misha profile image65
    Mishaposted 9 years ago

    LOL people, when you finally realize that we ALL are OWNED by a respective government?

    1. Ohma profile image70
      Ohmaposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I realize it I just do not like it.

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    Madame Xposted 9 years ago

    Wow. A judge demands decency in her courtroom. What's the world coming to? sad

  8. profile image0
    Madame Xposted 9 years ago

    I get really tired of how so-called news stories tell only a tiny piece of the story. Usually just enough to get everyone riled up and pissed off. Doesn't look like we'll ever know the full situation here.

  9. SpanStar profile image61
    SpanStarposted 9 years ago

    I just may be one of the few who doesn't believe Free Speech means up the floodgates and let everything in.  I believe freedom means we are mature enough society or mature enough people to place limits on ourselves.

    I sure I must be missing something with this story because with my strong belief in people being responsible for their actions this doesn't seem to me to worthy of jail time.  Telling the person to leave the court room if that's where this took place or change her garment seem liked to me like that would have been a better approach.  I look at the times today and well it's different then it use to be.

  10. Ohma profile image70
    Ohmaposted 9 years ago

    Okay maybe I am missing something. This girl was not appearing before the judge. She was there because she had given a friend a ride. the judge singled her out and called he on the t-shirt. The judge in this case was way out of line. It would be another story if this girl had been there to "appear before the court"

    1. Buck Steiner profile image57
      Buck Steinerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      She was in HIS/HER courtroom, she has know right to free expression or free speech in HIS/HER courtroom.

      That's just the way it is and it is like that in every courtroom in America.

      1. Ohma profile image70
        Ohmaposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Buck I respect what you are saying but just because it is the way it has always been done doesn't make it right.

        1. Buck Steiner profile image57
          Buck Steinerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          I have appeared before many Judges and they all seem to have certain pet peeves, I don't agree with her action if she was willing to leave but it is in the Judges purview to do what she did.

  11. Origin profile image60
    Originposted 9 years ago

    The judge just should have kicked her out of the courtroom, I think the jail part is a bit much.

  12. DevLin profile image60
    DevLinposted 9 years ago

    Calling out an observer on their attire to question, was ridiculous. If the Judge was offended, she should have just sent her out. She shouldn't even have questioned her.

  13. Buck Steiner profile image57
    Buck Steinerposted 9 years ago

    Nobody seems to know what transpired in the Courtroom, maybe she was given the choice to leave and refused, either way none of you seem to have ever been in a courtroom this stuff happens all the time and for a lot less than what this Tshirt said.

 
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