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Warrant Issued for Astronaut Grissom

Nov. 21, 1962 - The fact that Major Virgil I. Grissom (right) has been in outer space does not excuse him from paying a traffic fine for speeding, Jackson County Judge Julian Laramore said today in Marianna, Fla. Judge Laramore said he had issued a warrant for Major Grissom’s arrest after the astronaut had failed to mail in a $20 fine. “He was to appear in court Nov. 3, but he telephoned Nov. 2 and said he wanted to settle the case,” the judge said. “I advised him to mail in a money order immediately. Two weeks went by, and I still hadn’t heard from him. So, I issued the warrant.” Major Grissom had been driving 70 miles an hour in a 55-mile zone.


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