Charges have been dropped in Berrien County against a South Bend woman for cussing in the court clerk's office in Niles. The ACLU has been representing LaRue Ford in the case, and says the charges were dismissed Friday afternoon. Ford swore to herself in early December, expressing her frustration with trying to get a nearly decade-old traffic ticket cleared up. She was charged with contempt of court, and spend ten days in the Berrien County Jail after Judge Dennis Wiley changed the conditions of her bond. Those ten days included Christmas, but she was sprung from behind bars before New Year's Eve. Ford needed to get the ticket cleared up to get a commercial drivers license and a new job in Indiana. While the ticket had been paid, there was an error by the clerk's office that resulted in a $50 fine never being relayed to her.
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