Let pun­ish­ment fit crime, say judges

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - WORLD - – NZ Stuff

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.

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