Woman outraged over arrest on 1987 warrant

Published On: Dec 13 2012 04:58:00 AM HST   Updated On: Dec 13 2012 09:04:35 AM HST

A Seminole County woman has been arrested and jailed for a crime dating back to the mid-1980s.

An officer pulled over Corine Cash for a minor traffic violation on Sunday, and before she knew it, she was arrested and held without bond.

"He said, 'You've got a warrant for your arrest.' I said, 'You've got to be kidding,'" Cash said.

The warrant was drawn in Leon County in 1987, based on a 1985 case in which she was convicted of stealing from a Tallahassee shoe store that she managed.

Cash claims that she paid restitution in the case and owes nothing.  The court disagrees.

"That was the first time I have ever been in trouble. I was young and stupid," she said.

Cash's sister has been fighting for her release.

"She wasn't hiding or anything. They could have gotten in contact with her if they really wanted to," said Cynthia White.

The Leon State Attorney's office appears willing to authorize Cash's release if the court approves.

"I would not have a problem giving her a notice to appear so she could get out of jail," said Georgia Cappleman, Chief Assistant State Attorney to State Attorney Willie Meggs.

But if nothing changes in the case, Cash might remain locked up until she can go before a judge in Tallahassee.


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