Washington County official goes to court in clown costume to fight $ 10 seat belt ticket
WASHINGTON COUNTY – A Washington County official arrested for a seat belt violation decided to dress up as a clown during his trial to fight the $ 10 bill. The judge was not amused.
An August 2017 Dashcam video shows a Jackson village police officer shooting Washington County Board member Mark McCune.
“The reason I stopped you is because it’s ‘Click it or Ticket’ today, and I noticed you didn’t have your seatbelt on,” we can hear ‘officer say in the video.
McCune was wearing his seat belt but it was not fully fastened.
Jackson Police Officer: “Did you know you have to wear it all the way and stuff?”
McCune: “I had a problem with my shoulder sir.”
McCune received a ten dollar bill for a seat belt violation.
“Unfortunately, when we get the grant, we are not allowed to issue warnings for seat belt violations,” the officer can be heard saying in the video.
McCune didn’t like it.
McCune: “Jesus (expletive) Christ!”
Jackson Police Officer: “I don’t make the rules sir.”
McCune: “I understand sir.”
Jackson Police Officer: “Alright, take care of yourself.”
Jackson Police Officer: “Sorry?”
McCune: “(expletive) shoulder.”
Jackson Police Officer: “Alright. Drive carefully.”
Almost a year later, McCune is still battling the ticket.
According to court records, he pleaded not guilty and hired a Milwaukee lawyer. His case was taken to Mid-Moraine Municipal Court for trial on June 13. The judge was not pampered by the council member’s dress, as heard in an audio recording.
“The client is wearing a clown costume for lack of a better term,” Judge Steven Cain said. “The complete clown outfits, including the clown shoes, makeup, wig, hat, everything.”
The judge called the costume insulting.
“It’s insulting to the court … it’s insulting to me, it’s insulting to the prosecutor. It’s insulting to the system in general.”
Judge Cain assumed McCune was wearing the outfit to mock the court.
“It should be noted that this is a ten dollar seat belt bill which is the problem here today,” Justice Cain said.
Eventually, the judge reassigned the case.
“I can’t hear this case in good conscience because of how motivated I am right now,” Cain said.
Neither McCune nor his attorney could be reached for comment, despite FOX6’s multiple efforts.
Jackson Police Chief Jed Dolnick issued the following statement on the case:
“This fine of $ 10 could have been settled in municipal court. I am sure Justice Cain would have considered Mr. McCune’s explanation had he chosen to speak with dignity.
The case will be heard in Menomonee Falls.