So consider the victory recently when an Ohio woman persuaded an appeals court to throw out her conviction because of a missing comma in a city ordinance. The recent case led copy editors and punctuation perfectionists to rejoice on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Washington Post urged readers to “take a minute today and celebrate Judge Robert A. Hendrickson and the 12th District Court of Appeals in Ohio.” The Post’s headline called the ruling “a victory for punctuation, sanity.”
Andrea Cammelleri successfully appealed a conviction in a West Jefferson, Ohio, Municipal Court for leaving her 1993 Ford pickup parked on a village street for more than 24 hours. According to The Columbus Dispatch: