When will our nation’s police officers leave law-abiding gardeners alone and go back to more important tasks, like monitoring toe-tapping in men’s restrooms?
While Elizabeth keeps us posted on the breaking news story in Buffalo, I bring you an update from Orem, Utah. Alert readers will remember 70 year-old Betty Perry, who was arrested after a scuffle with police officers over her failure to water her lawn.
Well, she’s had her day in court. She pled not guilty to charges of failing to water her lawn and resisting arrest. Next court date is scheduled for mid October.
Now, we acknowledge that there’s something a little odd about this case. According to news reports, her water service was shut off nine months ago, but she continued living in the house. Sounds like she could use a little help getting her situation sorted out.
But really, who decided that citizens living in a desert should be required to water their lawn? This isn’t the only case Orem has had. "As for the lawn-watering
charge, Peterson said his office handles dozens of them a year, and
only when the accused has not responded to administrative requests to
correct the problem."
Dozens? And those are just the ones who ignored the letter? I’ve got a one-word solution to the problem of these lawn rebels in Orem: Decriminalization.