Courtroom Video Of Woman Jailed Wearing "Really Short" Shorts Released

Showing too much skin landed a Garrard County Woman in jail for three days. But she claims the judge, not her outift, is the problem.
Garrard District County Judge Janet Booth ordered that Kirsten Arnold be put in jail for appearing in court wearing a tank top, and a thigh-baring pair of shorts. In courtroom video obtained by 27 NEWSFIRST, Arnold and the judge had the following exchange.
Judge Booth Asked, "Why shouldn't I put you in jail for contempt today?"
"I'm sorry," Arnold said.
Booth Replied, "No, you're not, I told you twice. I even fined you for being in contempt. Why shouldn't I throw you in jail today? You apparently don't care about the court's orders.
Arnold told the judge, "I forgot."
The judge then asked Arnold, "How could you forget? No, seriously, how could you forget? It's a complete disregard of court order. Complete. You should go to jail today, and you're going."
"Well, next time I won't wear shorts," Arnold said.
Just before Booth ordered Arnold to jail she told the woman, "I bet you won't."

In a jailhouse interview, Arnold told us she thought her outfit was adorable.
Arnold thinks the judge wasn't really bothered by her outfit. She thinks Judge Booth has some sort of vendetta against her."She always picks on me", Arnold claims,"She always has a comment to say about me."
Arnold is even going as far as to say that no matter what she wears the judge will find fault with her. So instead of changing her clothes in the future, she plans to change her judge.
We contacted Judge Booth about the incident. She declined to comment.
Arnold is scheduled to appear in front of Judge Booth again on Monday.

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  • by grammar, or is it grammer, who cares! as long as you can understand it Location: ky hillbilly on Aug 27, 2008 at 05:44 AM
    why do people want to slam each other over misspellings or poor grammar! that is childish... English is the toughest language to learn. not everyone was born with the same ability to learn. i give them credit for having the guts to try and get their message across even if they cannot spell well.. i think we all know someone who is very intelligent but cannot spell at for the girl wearing the short shorts, she may only have been born with half a brain.. there is no telling how hard life has been to this girl! Judge not! unless you ARE the judge.. haha
  • by B Location: London on Aug 27, 2008 at 05:42 AM
    This woman has a total disregard for rules and laws and that is why she is standing before the judge, repeatedly, in the first place. Now she is crying and snotting about how she was treated wrong and is a victim because she has to do her time in jail even though she was adequately warned. Way to go judge! Keep up the good work!
  • by Keen Friend on Aug 27, 2008 at 05:18 AM
    is what your wearing the point-no-.Theres nothing worse then a high rock dem. bap.No body is worth a [edited] but me,syndrome.Looking down on the world. Fire the judge.tell him or to get a life.
  • by Joseph Location: Lexington on Aug 27, 2008 at 05:09 AM
    Wasn't there a song called "Poor, Poor Pitiful Me?" This should be the woman's theme song. She's as pitiful as pitiful gets!
  • by zack Location: paris on Aug 27, 2008 at 03:31 AM
    Well she should have not wore what she had on to court. But I have to say I would have liked to saw her that day in what she had on she was really hot. I also think Tracey is right what about the little kids dressed the way they are. Ms.Booth just needs to chill out she needs to get the chip off of her. I thought we lived in the U.S.A we are the land of the free. She was not hurting anyone with what she had on so the is all "BULL".
  • by John Location: Harrodsburg on Aug 26, 2008 at 06:40 PM
    This is the problem with this country today. The judges think that they can play GOD. Get her for what she was in court for and nothing else. I think the Judge should go to jail. Then maybe all the other judges will learn when to stop. We cant display our ten commandments anymore because of the Supreme court.So how far are we going to let thee judges go.??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
  • by Stanley Simmons Location: The burbs on Aug 26, 2008 at 06:20 PM
    Some of you need to mind your own business and stop pushing your version of morality on others. One size does not fit all.
  • by Heather Location: Corbin on Aug 26, 2008 at 06:08 PM
    It is a respect thing. I believe you shouldn't wear in a courtroom what you wouldn't wear in church. It is just a pure lack of disrespect and stupidity that a person would wear attire that doesn't show responsibility and dignity into a courtroom when they are on trial. You can bet if I ever get into any trouble I will go into the courtroom dressed like I come straight from church.
  • by William Location: seky on Aug 26, 2008 at 05:58 PM
    Better is the man who strains to lift a great stone to save him self troubles, Then the man that want move a pebble for peace sake.
  • by so tired Location: ky on Aug 26, 2008 at 12:30 PM
    so sick of hearing about these people who dont have enough resect for them selves to dress with modesty so get over it and let it go!!!!!!!!!


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