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):


  1. We’ve had opposite issues here.
    Due to drought conditions, some neighborhoods are on water restrictions. It’s forbidden to water lawns. However, some developments have strict codes requiring homeowners to maintain an attractive lawn.
    People have been fined by the homeowners associations for having brown patches in their grass, and have been fined by the city for breaking water restrictions.

    Comment by The Bagel of Everything — September 19, 2007 @ 3:11 pm

  2. FFE

    Hooray for Mrs Allred – Justice is required in little as well as great persons & things

    Pleas forgive my Limey ignorance – What is a Provo Attorney ?

    G E

    Comment by G Eagle Esq — September 19, 2007 @ 3:16 pm

  3. GEE: Provo is a city in Utah. I suppose the attorney was from there.

    Comment by The Bagel of Everything — September 19, 2007 @ 3:29 pm

  4. Landscape violation???

    Interfering with a police officer? He knew where she lived for crying out loud – huge problems with discovering her identity for sure.

    The mind reels …

    Comment by azahar — September 20, 2007 @ 7:08 am

  5. And the city sheriff is called the Provo marshal . . . . .

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — September 20, 2007 @ 8:35 am

  6. Aaar! Hang him from the yardarm and let th’ seabirds pick out his sorry eyes!

    Oops, sorry, wrong post …

    Comment by azahar — September 20, 2007 @ 9:28 am

  7. That’s the spirit matey! Board and plunder every post in sight! Arrrrrgh!

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — September 20, 2007 @ 9:31 am

  8. Sid in the City has created a wonderful cartoon relating to this story (in his post dated September 21st). But you have to be quick before the ‘Today’s Headlines’ pop down and cover up the image.

    Comment by azahar — September 23, 2007 @ 10:32 am

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