Michigan Woman Faces Jail Time
for Vegetable Garden
Oak Park, Michigan
“This is ridiculous” ~A Neighbor response to the charges filed against Julie Bass.
Ridiculous is right. Have you ever had to deal with petty city ordinance laws? Julie Bass, a resident of Oak Park Michigan, faces jail time for planting a vegetable garden in her front lawn. That’s right, she faces 93 days in jail. And now that the original charges have been “temporarily” dropped, Bass is now being charged with another crime, failure to license her two dogs, which strangely holds the same jail sentence of 93 days.
It started when Julie’s front lawn needed to be uprooted for sewer line construction. So instead of planting grass she wanted to grow vegetables. Well now that City Planner Kevin Rulkowski is involved and is enforcing what the city ordinance declares:
“All unpaved portions of the site shall be planted with grass, shrubbery or other suitable live plant material.”
Rulkowski states that “suitable” is defined in Websters Dictionary as “common”. But if we take a look at the definition of “suitable” on Merriam-Webster.com it states that particular definition is an outdated one, obsolete, and the true meaning of the word as “adapted to a use or purpose, proper, and able or qualified, i.e. ‘The dress was a suitable choice’.” Rulkowski also said “that’s not what we want to see in a front yard.” When questioned in a FOX news interview (video below) about how he would respond to the residents who would call this ridiculous, he responded “I would argue that you won’t find that opinion from most people in Oak Park.” The video then cuts to an older gentleman claiming “This is ridiculous!”, and then several other Oak Park residents who also support Julie Bass and her garden.
There was only a single neighbor who complained and did not reveal themselves on camera.
As Julie Bass spoke out against this farce she instantly gained worldwide attention and support. With Bass in the national news spotlight, the city backed off by dropping the ordinance violation charge, and added another charge of failing to license her two dogs which oddly also carries a 93 day jail sentence. And what’s even stranger is that Bass’s dogs are already licensed and this is a past charge she has already complied with.
It seems to me that the Oak Park Judicial System is flexing their muscles and puffing their chests with their obvious vendetta against Julie Bass with her so-called “blatant defiance” of city ordinance. As if they are trying to make the statement ‘Since we can’t jail her for 93 days with the original charge, we’ll find an old charge that sounds more plausible and attach the same 93 day jail sentence along with it’.
Bass’ Attorney Solomon Radner remarked:
“Charges are dropped for the time being… Based on the games the city has been playing, I would not put it past them to drop the charges just to get the media off their back.”
Original Article Source: Oak Park Woman Faces 93-Days in Jail For Planting Vegetable Garden: MyFoxDETROIT.com