Judge cancels parking ticket over poor comma placement

Think commas don’t matter? An Ohio woman got a ticket reversed when a court sided with her over the placement of a comma in a city law.

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Perhaps you have experienced the impatience of a judge as you try to wriggle out of a parking or speeding ticket.

So consider the victory recently when an Ohio woman persuaded an appeals court to throw out her conviction because of a missing comma in a city ordinance. The recent case led copy editors and punctuation perfectionists to rejoice on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Washington Post urged readers to “take a minute today and celebrate Judge Robert A. Hendrickson and the 12th District Court of Appeals in Ohio.” The Post’s headline called the ruling “a victory for punctuation, sanity.”

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