May 23, 2010 by Post Team
Lake County Associate Circuit Court Judge Helen Rozenberg found Round Lake Park resident Jennifer LaPenta, 20, in contempt of court May 3 for wearing a shirt that said: “I have a part of the body (female), so make the rules. ”
LaPenta was sentenced to 48 hours in jail and was released after one day. He was later released, told The News-Sun that she would never wear that outfit if she was to appear in court itself.
She has the chance to prove it when she is presented to an audience Rozenberg.
“I’m going to be dressed – I’m not going to put anything offensive,” LaPenta said Friday.
She said she planned to wear business clothes to his court appearance premiere in his own name.
His lawyer, Peter Kalagis of Park Ridge, said the hearing is to ask the judge to remove the criminal contempt charge previously unblemished LaPenta permanent record.
Kalagis because it said his client thought that constitutional rights were violated.
“We as people are free to express themselves in words and in writing, if not harmful,” said Kalagis.
He said most people in 20 of them, 30 and 40 years LaPenta not find the shirt was offensive.
LaPenta wore that shirt to work out when a friend asked for a trip to the court about 20 minutes before the start of court session in the afternoon, Kalagis said. LaPenta had said that after she was released from prison.
“She never thought anything of it (the shirt). She did not give a second thought. What is interesting, too, is that she spent deputies, clerks and court personnel. No one said it was inappropriate and is looking for things like that, “said Kalagis.
LaPenta volunteered to remove the shirt and leave the courtroom. Instead, he was immediately taken into custody, according to Kalagis and LaPenta.
LaPenta Rozenberg wrote that was in the front row of the gallery “with a shirt showing obscene text” in order to submit the application. Rozenberg LaPenta also wrote that he “no excuse” for his attire.
Kalagis contests this in the documentation submitted by asking the judge to vacate the order of criminal contempt.
Rozenberg may decide to order, he said.
Kalagis had previously spoken of his intention to file a civil lawsuit. He said Friday that he was not seeking monetary damages LaPenta.
“I’m just looking to get my record. I’m not filing a lawsuit,” said LaPenta.
Is scheduled to appear before the court at 9 am Monday.
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