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Woman gets 30 days in jail for texting in court

Hauled behind bars immediately after being cited by same judge who gave a teacher probation for almost 50 counts of statutory rape...

A Utah mother of four small children has been jailed on a judge's order to serve 30 days behind bars for allegedly sending a text message while she was watching a court proceeding.

The report comes from her father-in-law, Dennis Jackson, who told WND of the series of events that left his daughter-in-law, Susan Henwood, imprisoned.

A spokeswoman in the clerk's office for Judge Stephen L. Henriod (http://www.co.tooele.ut.us/districtcourt.htm) of Utah's Third District Court confirmed the woman was jailed for the 30 days on the judge's order over the issue of texting.

However, she declined to answer other questions from WND, instead transferring WND to a voice mail for the judge's clerk. A woman identifying herself as Henriod's clerk later called but said the judge would not speak to any reporters.

According to Jackson's report, the incident happened in Tooele about a month ago, but his daughter-in-law was summoned to court only yesterday and ordered immediately to jail.

Henwood's husband, Josh Henwood, was in court over a civil dispute involving a development project on which he worked.

Susan Henwood allegedly sent a text message, an action that didn't affect the hearing, its participants, or the judge, but later was reported to him by a member of the court staff, according to Jackson.

She was summoned to court where Henriod ordered her immediately to jail for 30 days, responding to a request for bail with the condition that it would be allowed only if her husband paid a $70,000 judgment stemming from the civil dispute, Jackson reported.

Jackson reported there were no notices or warnings posted, a statement contradicted by the clerk's office spokeswoman, who told WND that visitors to court were told of the judge's ban on text messages. However, when asked how the warning was delivered, by sign or verbal statement, she said, "I have no idea."

Jackson also raised the issue that his daughter-in-law reported jailers were denying her access to needed medication, a statement also contradicted by jail staff members, who told him no medical attention had been refused.

"The media cannot find a better case of judicial arrogance and incompetence, and he should be removed from the bench," Jackson said.

He pointed out that the judge has made similar rulings in the past (http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=189341), once telling a woman in court for having too many dogs after having been cited earlier for the same thing: "She should have taken a gun and shot the other five before she came back to court, if she didn't have any other options. … She's going to jail today."

Conversely, in another case http://www.kutv.com/mostpopular/story/Former-Utah-Teacher-Gets-Probation-For-Student-Sex/_PKnKa2oBEijJN3wl7YSNw.cspx, Henriod gave a former teacher probation for having sex nearly 50 times with a 16-year-old boy.

"What is of primary importance to me is that [the boy] is doing well," the judge ruled.

The spokeswoman in the court clerk's office told WND that a "review" in the case is scheduled for Monday but declined to explain what was meant by "review."

A defense lawyer for the woman was working on a Writ of Habeas Corpus trying to get the woman freed and possibly into another jurisdiction, Jackson said.

By Bob Unruh, WND

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=96487


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  • Another A-hole, rogue judge that needs to find a new profession. Maybe greeting Walmart customers.

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  • Ruling from the hip. I'll bet his kids constantly hear, BECAUSE I SAID SO!

    What a power tripper.

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  • What a joke. At most courtrooms they allow cell phones as long as they are on vibrate. They allow talking as long as its at a whispering level. Lawyers get away with it all the time as well as county attorneys. Feel sorry for her that this overzealous prick showed his muscle like this. I wonder if he'll remain on his seat after the next election.

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  • ego tripping Judge

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  • "She was summoned to court where Henriod ordered her immediately to jail for 30 days, responding to a request for bail with the condition that it would be allowed only if her husband paid a $70,000 judgment stemming from the civil dispute, Jackson reported."
    There you have it... he jailed the defendant's wife as a way to make him pay a judgment. This is extortion and the judge should be indicted and tried on RICO charges.

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  • See, regular folks don't need firearms because we've got a crack judicial system to protect us.

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  • err...night

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  • Ironically they allow an old fart with a typewriter

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  • Land of the free, ha.
    Ha.

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  • I think they need to have laws of leniency or exhoneration for people who shoot any authority who has abused their authority and there is no other efficient way to remove them. These corrupt authorities have all the authority over police, weapons, and even military at their disposal to protect THEMSELF against justice or those who would expose them and the fact that there may be no other way to keep them from commiting crimes against honest people who are only seeking justice.

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  • I agree that 30 days is excessive for this, but I can't seem to figure out what could be more important than your family losing $70,000 in a lawsuit! Cell phones are a leash.

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  • RADICAL JUDICIAL OLIGARCHS

    Your MASTERS in Black Dresses .. or so they feel.

    These criminals are the enforcement arm of the PROGRESSIVE SOCIALIST DEMOCRAT PARTY

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  • This is just like contempt of cop. Just like cops who can't stand to be questioned, even when wrong, and fly off the handle and abuse their power, this judge is on a power trip and is abusing his power by jailing someone without due process. People need to stand up for their constitutional rights and get idiots like this fired.

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  • "Jackson also raised the issue that his daughter-in-law reported jailers were denying her access to needed medication, a statement also contradicted by jail staff members, who told him no medical attention had been refused."

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    the jail staff members are probably lying. i know a few people who went to jail and said the same thing -- they don't give a F who you are or what illness you have they won't give you your meds. even if you're dying or appear seriously ill -- they wait until More..

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  • What do you tell a woman with two black eyes?

    Nothin, you already told her twice.

    BOOYAH!

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  • Power corrupts, A bent Judge.

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  • stupid

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  • I bet he locks his doors at home real tight...he knows that some fine day; someone will be standing at the end of his bed with a gun...fight injustice with injustice.

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