Alice Hezel, cited for weeds in her yard on Cambridge Avenue in Maplewood, had a date in municipal court Monday night; it didn’t happen.
Before her case was called, her attorney, Bruce Morrison, successfully lobbied for a venue change to the circuit court of St. Louis County, with a trial and jury, CBS News reported.
Morrison told CBS News it will be a “more formal, on-the-record proceeding” than Hezel would likely receive in the Maplewood Municipal Court.
“We’re going to see what evidence the city wants to put on,” he said. “If it’s going to go after aesthetics, which it seems to be what’s really driving this. The city’s ordinance as it stands cannot regulate aesthetics, but that seems to be what this fight is about.” See the Maplewood ordinance relating to weeds.
Hezel said she thought the outcome might be more favorable to her — to be tried by a jury of her peers — because the feedback she’s been getting has been favorable. She said people come by her house and want to have their picture taken with her in front of her milkweed.
Stories in the news last week about Hezel’s battle with the city prompted a letter from the city of Maplewood that clarified its position. The city says Hezel will not go to jail for the weeds charge, and sees this as a maintenance issue; the type of plants is not the problem.
A date has not been set for Hezel’s circuit court trial.