Well, it was national news earlier this month when a Cleveland municipal judge sentenced a local woman to stand on a street corner with a sign proclaiming her as an idiot for driving on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.
The driver, Shena Hardin, may in fact be an idiot but is this a proper form of legal punishment?
Judge Pinkey Carr thought so and she is one of a growing number of judges locally and around the country who are fans of this kind of humiliation sentencing.
Painesville municipal judge Michael Cicconetti has made something of a career out of the goofy sentences.
Now, these sentencing stunts usually draw a lot of public and media attention---but just how effective they are is questionable.
Ms. Hardin essentially thumbed her nose at the judge on the first day of her punishment by listening to music, texting and smoking.
None of which she would have enjoyed had she simply gone to jail.
Write and let me know what you think. I'm Bill Applegate and here's the address:
Editorial Response1717 E. 12th Street Cleveland, OH 44114
Monday, June 17 2013 9:22 PM EDT2013-06-18 01:22:37 GMT
(CNN) - General Motors is recalling nearly 194,000 vehicles because of a fire danger. GM said water can get into an electronic module in the door, causing it to short circuit and catch on fire. The recallMore >>
GM said water can get into an electronic module in the door, causing it to short circuit and catch on fire.More >>
"Sesame Street" has helped kids deal with divorce, death and even hurricanes. The show is now introducing its first Muppet to have a dad in jail. 1 in 29 children in the U.S. has a parent behind bars. The Sesame Workshop has an online tool kit parents can use to help kids. More >>
Tuesday, June 11 2013 1:36 PM EDT2013-06-11 17:36:50 GMT
The Boys & Girls Clubs' Race for Kids & Wellness Festival presented by Cleveland Clinic is a family-friendly combination of a 5K run, or a 1 mile run/walk, and a celebration of health! The event willMore >>
The Boys & Girls Clubs' Race for Kids & Wellness Festival presented by Cleveland Clinic is a family-friendly combination of a 5K run, or a 1 mile run/walk, and a celebration of healthMore >>
For the 2013-14 rankings, U.S. News surveyed 179 pediatric centers to obtain clinical data in 10 specialties and asked 150 pediatric specialists in each specialty where they would send the sickest children.More >>