A Michigan woman has found herself in court defending an evil, evil, vegetable garden. Julie Bass has ignored Oak Park officials’ warnings and fines and now faces misdemeanor charges for her veggies in the front yard. The city code only states that front yards need to have “suitable live plant material.” According to her blog, Bass is facing up to 93 days of jail time.
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From Fox Detroit:
“I think it’s sad that the City of Oak Park that’s already strapped for cash is paying a lot of money to have a prosecutor bothering us,” Bass told FOX 2’s Alexis Wiley.
“That’s not what we want to see in a front yard,” said Oak Park City Planner Kevin Rulkowski.
Why? The city is pointing to a code that says a front yard has to have suitable, live, plant material. The big question is what’s “suitable?”
We asked Bass whether she thinks she has suitable, live, plant material in her front yard.
“It’s definitely live. It’s definitely plant. It’s definitely material. We think it’s suitable,” she said.
So, we asked Rulkowski why it’s not suitable.
“If you look at the definition of what suitable is in Webster’s dictionary, it will say common. So, if you look around and you look in any other community, what’s common to a front yard is a nice, grass yard with beautiful trees and bushes and flowers,” he said.
I’m sorry Mr. Rulkowski, but Websters does not a legal argument make. Oh, and that definition he’s referencing is not in Webster’s dictionary. The only thing close to it is labeled “obsolete.”