LaRue Ford tells TV station WOOD (http://bit.ly/RWqgL7 ) she's "speechless" after winning release Friday from the Berrien County jail in Michigan's southwestern corner. She was charged with contempt after a clerk heard Ford use a profanity -- cussing, not a threat -- while trying to take care of an old traffic ticket on Dec. 4.
An American Civil Liberties Union attorney said Ford "essentially muttered a swear word to herself" on Dec. 4 as she was leaving the clerk's office in Niles, just north of the Indiana state line.
She posted 10 percent of a $5,000 bond, but Judge Dennis Wiley ordered her to stay in jail without bond Dec. 18 because she had no proof of a permanent address.
The American Civil Liberties Union appealed, and another judge, Alfred Butzbaugh, released Ford. She admits cursing but says she said it to herself.
Information from: WOOD-TV, http://www.woodtv.com