Frontier Former Editor

September 19, 2007

Multi-dimensional hilarity, or Utah grass bust

God love Matt Drudge’s black little heart for this tidbit:

By Donald W. Meyers
The Salt Lake Tribune

OREM – Betty Perry pleaded innocent Tuesday to charges she failed to water her lawn and resisted arrest when an officer attempted to cite her.
    Perry appeared in 4th District Court in Orem to enter her plea in a case prominent Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred described as a gross injustice.
    “Today, law enforcement in Orem has enshrined itself as the laughing stock of our country by prosecuting a 70-year-old great-grandmother for allegedly not watering her lawn,” Allred said. “This ill-conceived action ensures Orem’s law enforcement authorities first place in the [Guinness World Records] for stupidity.”
    Perry’s next appearance will be on Oct. 11 for a pre-trial conference.
    In July, Perry was cited by Officer James Flygare of the police’s Neighborhood Preservation Unit for failing to water her lawn. Perry refused to give her name to the officer and, when Flygare tried to stop her from going back inside her house, she reportedly tripped and injured her nose.
    She was arrested and taken to police station but released shortly afterwards.
    An investigation by the state Department of Public Safety cleared Flygare of any wrongdoing, and city officials pressed charges against Perry on the landscape violation, a class C misdemeanor, and interfering with a police officer, a class B misdemeanor.
    Allred, a high-profile Los Angeles attorney who has represented the family of Nicole Brown Simpson, O.J. Simpson’s murdered wife, said she was there to provide support for Perry, whose criminal defense is being handled by M. Paige Benjamin, a Provo attorney.

 Apparently she fought the lawn and the lawn won.

And Steven Seagal’s remaking one of his vintage flicks to celebrate her struggle against the system . . . . Above the Lawn.

Not to mention the potential for a new Dick Wolf series . . . . Lawn and Order.

And a Neighborhood Preservation Unit of the Orem Department of Public Safety?

“1 Brigham 12, 1 Brigham 12, unwatered lawn in progress. Please respond.”

Now, let’s address Ms. Allred, shall we? What in God’s golden-plate name possessed her to go to Utah and make high visibility public commentary on . . . . never mind.

UPDATE: Sid’s got an even better take on this (Go visit his blog – it’s a hoot):

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