Marion County Woman Thrown In Jail For Contempt Of Court
23-year-old Sarah Muller sits behind bars after she was thrown in jail for contempt of court.
"I automatically just boom said it," said Muller. "I couldn't even stop myself from it coming out of my mouth"
Muller had no idea her words to the judge in the courtroom would land her at the Marion County jail.
"I didn't think it was illegal to say whatever you wanted to say," said Muller.
Muller said what really made her upset was when the woman next to her said she couldn't serve on the jury because she couldn't speak English. She says the judge acknowledged that she was lying and then let her go.
"I was like okay if she can sit there and lie about not being to speak English, then I can sit here and tell him the damn truth about why I need to go to the Doctor," said Muller.
That truth she says is that she has had four open heart surgeries, and needed to go to the clinic and have blood work done. However, she was ordered to remain.
Hisham Shanawany who was assigned as Muller's defense attorney says he has never seen a case like this in his four years of practicing law.
"There's been attorney's who have been working here longer than I have who have never seen something like this," said Shanawany.
On top of the three days jail time, Muller also faces fines. She owes the court $50, and the Public Defender's Office $183.
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