Thursday, January 12, 2012

South Carolina Woman Jailed For Having Messy Yard

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — A Mount Pleasant woman is serving 10 days in jail after failing to pay a $480 fine for having a messy yard.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports 53-year-old Linda Ruggles has sold blood and even volunteered for medical experiments to get money to keep her home from foreclosure.

There have been a number of new "debtors' prison" stories where people went into debt, were ordered by a court to make payments, and then were jailed for contempt for not doing so. Here she didn't pay a fine. But given that the entire situation for which she was fined resulted from her having NO MONEY, it seems fairly inevitable that she would end up in jail for not paying the fine--if this is the way we are going to do things...

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