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Missing Comma Saves Woman From Ticket

Improper punctuation keeps Ohio village from collecting on parking citation
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 1, 2015 10:58 AM CDT

(Newser) – An appeals court has agreed with an Ohio woman who said her parking citation should be tossed because the village law was missing a comma. Andrea Cammelleri says she shouldn't have been issued a citation in 2014 based on the wording of the law enacted by the village of West Jefferson. The law lists several types of vehicles that can't be parked longer than 24 hours, including a "motor vehicle camper," with the comma missing between "vehicle" and "camper."

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Cammelleri says her pickup truck didn't fit that definition. The village says the law's meaning was clear in context, but Judge Robert Hendrickson of the 12th Ohio District Court of Appeals said in last week's ruling that West Jefferson should amend the law if it wants it read differently. (Read more Ohio stories.)

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