New Charges in the Oak Park Veggie Garden Madness

Friday, July 15th, 2011

From the Detroit News:

Charges against the woman who planted a vegetable garden in her front yard have been dropped, her attorney said Thursday.

But other charges against Julie Bass have been resurrected for not having licenses for her two dogs — even though she took care of that issue, lawyer Solomon Radner said.

“This is really nothing other than a personal vendetta against the Basses either because somebody doesn’t like them, or because they had the nerve to fight this unjust prosecution,” said Radner, who plans to file a motion to dismiss . . .

. . . Bass got licenses for her dogs after she was charged in June, and showed the paperwork to officials. Typically, cases are closed after the issue is addressed.

But Radner spoke to an Oak Park city attorney colleague who informed him that the dog license charge is not dead against Bass, something he called “a very dirty move.”

Misdemeanor charges — including failure to have a dog license — typically carry a 93-day jail sentence, Radner said.

If a bureaucrat wants to make your life hell, they’ll find a reason.

MORE: At her blog, Bass says the garden-related charges were dismissed not by the city, but by a judge. And they were dismissed without prejudice, meaning they could potentially be brought again.

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28 Responses to “New Charges in the Oak Park Veggie Garden Madness”

  1. #1 |  Highway | 

    You’ve gotta be kidding. What a goddamn joke.

  2. #2 |  John Jenkins | 

    This will get about exactly as far as the first Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss. The administrators might have a problem here, but the judge is going to tell them to take a hike because the court has better things to do than deal with this kind of crap.

  3. #3 |  Mannie | 

    Time to start laying off superfluous government wasters.

    Actually, it’s time to start hanging them, but I’m told that is impolite.

  4. #4 |  Jason | 

    Isn’t there a SLAP-like law for criminal charges?

  5. #5 |  Jason | 

    Make that SLAPP…

  6. #6 |  Carl Drega | 

    I love when they up the stupid by doubling down. The story would have petered out – now they’ve given everyone a second round look at their petty dictatorship.

  7. #7 |  Thom | 

    They are teaching her a lesson. That lesson is that embarrassing them is not something she should have done.

  8. #8 |  Jeff | 

    And when will they be teaching themselves that lesson?

  9. #9 |  Mister DNA | 

    To paraphrase Doug Stanhope, “Why aren’t they down at City Hall, throwing ‘D’ batteries at these jackasses?”

  10. #10 |  Jay | 

    And after these retaliatory charges are dismissed (who knows, the judge does work for the gum’mint, after all), I’m sure someone in Oak Park will find something else to go after her with. Pathetic.

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  12. #12 |  Thom | 

    #8 – They won’t.

  13. #13 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

    Misdemeanors carry 3 month jail sentences???

  14. #14 |  Nipplemancer | 

    I hope that it was the hundreds of emails and phone calls made them think twice on the original charges, but unfortunately I doubt that this part of the story will produce the same sort of outrage from the general public.

  15. #15 |  Kristen | 

    Looks like the Detroit News got it wrong..the charges were dismissed without prejudice.

    Link to the horse’s mouth

  16. #16 |  thomasblair | 

    All of the commentary overlooks the fact that bureaucrats think you need their permission to have a dog.

    I wonder if this ‘crime’ is serious enough to merit an ‘exigent circumstances’ raid at 2a wherein the raiding pigs dispatch with the dogs.

    Even on Animal Farm, the pigs kept the dogs around.

  17. #17 |  SJE | 

    Y’know, Oak Park, you are just making yourself look more and more stupid every day. Do you think new businesses and people would be attracted by your “tough on veggies” stance when all it says is that any minor code violation can send me to 3 mo jail? I don’t know about you, but most people I work with find overly aggressive zoning and petty vindictive prosecution a turn off. But then, my lawn isn’t all that great looking, so what do I know.

  18. #18 |  B | 


    They are dangerously close to torch and pitchfork territory here. What transparently vindictive assholery.

  19. #19 |  SJE | 

    Yep, B. The uncomfortable truth for many Northerners is that out of control local government officials are not restricted to cops in the Deep South.

  20. #20 |  Zargon | 

    Predicted this back on the first thread on this.

    They’re going to be damn well and sure this lady gets what they think she deserves. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if they kick down her door, shoot her dog and find some drugs before this is over. Oh, and electrocute her a few times for good measure.

    I fully expect it will come to that unless any and all persons her front yard decor offends decides they’ve meted out enough unofficial, no-conviction-necessary punishment that our justice system seems so fond of.

  21. #21 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “They are dangerously close to torch and pitchfork territory here…”

    Seems to be a common theme these days. As with
    Emily Good, the cops clearly establish that they don’t care about the “law”
    but only messin’ with people and then when they get threats, they run for cover and expect people to sympathize with them.
    I don’t get it.

  22. #22 |  OBTC | 

    #16 & #20:

    The asshat DA has resurrected charges that no longer exist-fines and fees paid for the dogs.

    I would say her life, her family’s lives and her two dogs lives ARE IN GRAVE DANGER!


  23. #23 |  Marty | 

    Some libertarians ruined my garden- they must be stopped!

  24. #24 |  croaker | 

    @1 Welcome to Just-Us in the United States of Terror. I recall back when Texas first passed “must issue” concealed carry, some clown in Dallas denied a permit to an applicant because he was “a fugitive from justice.”

    For failing to buy a license for a dead dog.

    This is no different. People who feed from government slop troughs think they’re better than us peons and feel free to make our lives miserable.

    Me, I’m buying stock in companies that make rope, tar, and fence rails.

  25. #25 |  croaker | 

    @4 @5 It’s called “harassment” and “malicious prosecution.” But good luck trying to prosecute. Which is why one of my friends likes to prescribe “240 grains of Trepanizine” for such conditions. :)

  26. #26 |  c andrew | 

    Here in Boise our mayor floated a proposal to have high school students spy on their neighbors so that the city could fine them for violating city ordinances. Of course he would pay them for their “service.”

    I mean, the guy has a german last name! Didn’t anyone in his political circle mention the word, “Stasi?”-

  27. #27 |  CyniCAl |

    Foreskin Man!!!

  28. #28 |  John C. Randolph | 

    I dropped a note to that mayor and pointed out that if he doesn’t stop this churlish bullying, then anyone who runs against him will have access to campaign contributions from thousands of YouTube viewers.