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Thu August 6, 2009
WVAS Local

A Mobile Judge Drops Lewdness Charge Against Elderly Woman

Mobile, Alabama –
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama city is dismissing a charge that
could have sent an 81-year-old woman to jail for urinating in a
public park when she couldn't make it to a bathroom.
Prosecutors in Mobile asked a court Wednesday to throw out a
public lewdness charge against Lula Mae Battle.
Battle has incontinence problems and couldn't make it to a
public restroom in a downtown park on June 3. She ducked behind
bushes to relieve herself, and a police cadet had her arrested.
The case sparked a public outcry, particularly among women. The
elderly woman faced three months in jail if convicted.
Mobile city attorney Larry Wettermark now says it made no sense
to prosecute the woman for having an accident.