Let punishment fit crime, say judges
WHEN sentencing wrongdoers, judges sometimes choose to mete out punishments that go beyond the usual.
That was the case last week for a Hawaii judge who ordered a defendant to write more than 140 “nice” things about his ex-girlfriend after he violated a protection order.
“For every nasty thing you said about her, you’re going to say a nice thing,” Judge Rhonda Loo told Daren Young, 30. “No repeating words.”
Young, of Kahului, Hawaii, was ordered in February to stop contacting his ex. But two months later, he called and texted her 144 times in about three hours.
At his sentencing, Young was placed on two years’ probation, a fine, community service and the writing assignment.
Ohio Judge Michael Cicconetti once ordered two 19-year-olds to lead a donkey through the streets with a sign that said “Sorry for the jackass offence” after vandalising a nativity scene.
In 2004,Texas Judge Mike Peters sentenced a woman to 30 days in jail for starving two horses, ordering that on the first three days in prison she be served only bread and water.
“She’s going to get more than her horses got,” Peters said.