The verdicts are in and they are cool

Two stories that crossed the wire today are case were the judges punishment fit the crime. They did not use a standard approach and this thinking outside the box is to be commended. In Eau Claire, Wisconsin, a man who caused damage at a wastewater treatment plant was given a choice of public humiliation or jail time to pay for his crime. The man was found guilty of ramming his car into a closed gate at the plant. The Eau Claire County Judge Paul Lenz created an option for the guilty defendant, he could spend time in jail, or spend a day outside the plant holding a sign that says “I was stupid.” hence, and he decided the wearing the sign was better than jail time. The same thing, a judge’s good decision from the bench happened in Urbana, Ohio as well. This is a case where the defendant was facing a $150 fine for playing rap music loud on his car stereo. The judge, Champaign County Municipal Court Judge Susan Fornof-Lippencott offered to reduce the fine to $35 if the defendant agreed to spend twenty hours listening to classical music. She said the idea was to force him to listen to something he might not prefer, just as other people had no choice but to listen to his loud rap music. He only lasted 15 minutes and paid the fine, but we applaud both judges for trying to make difference and actually making the defendants pay a consequence that might matter as opposed to just cash.


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National Debt 10/8/1998 5,534,495,650,216.57
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I’ve been looking for a trace
Looking for a heart Looking for a lover in a world
That’s much too dark
W. Axl Rose Your Crazy (1987)

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