Contempt Ruling on Hold for Breastfeeding Mom
KANSAS CITY - A Missouri judge is waiting for the legislature to act before he decides whether to hold a nursing mother in contempt of court for bringing her infant son for jury duty.
The Kansas City Star reports that Jackson County Presiding Judge Marco Roldan said Thursday he wanted to see if lawmakers will provide a specific jury service exemption for nursing mothers before taking action in the case against Laura Trickle. She says her 7-month-old son doesn't take a bottle and has to be with her to eat.
Roldan also decided to refund a $500 fine he assessed against a different nursing mother on Wednesday. He says he will re-impose that fine next year and call Trickle back into court on her contempt issue if the legislature doesn't act.