Wednesday, November 23, 2005

I love you, Judge Cicconetti!

So apparently there is this judge in Ohio who will sentence criminals with unusual punishments.

For instance:
A woman abandoned 35 kittens in the woods (grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr) and so part of her sentence is to spend one night alone in the woods without food, water or entertainment!
He has ordered a man who hollered "pigs" to police officers to stand on a street corner next to a 350-pound pig with a sign that read, "This is not a police officer." (*snicker, snicker*)

After an 18-year old man stole some porn from an adult bookstore, the judge ordered him to sit outside the shop in a chair, wearing a blindfold, and holding a sign saying "See No Evil" so that passing traffic could see him.

Cicconetti punished a group of high school students who vandalized school buses by making them throw a picnic for a group of grade-school students whose outing was canceled because of the stunt.

A nanny accused of hitting a little boy with a belt was given a folder of articles on the consequences of child abuse, and compelled to read them all, and then discuss them with in the courtroom in front of the judge and the victim's mother, as spectators looked on. Afterwards, the mother agreed to no jail time for the nanny.
Of course, apparently the alternative punishments don't always work. Like in this case:
A man who ran from the police was offered a reduced jail sentence if he agreed to train for a five mile race. The man stayed in shape, and a few months later, he grabbed a woman's purse and ran with it. (hehe)
But for the most part, I bet these alternative punishments are more effective. At the very least, it's great to see a judge that tries! You go, Judge!!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry I have no idea who you are lol, but I was looking up information on Cicconetti (I live 5 minutes outside of Painesville, the city he preceeds over) and I found your blog.. I agree with you about the judge too.. anyway, the part that amused me is that your blog is called Kat's caffeine induced rants, exactly the same as mine on livejournal lol, my name is kat too.. weird.