April 28, 2005
More on creative sentence for football fan
As first discussed here, a Wisconsin state judge recently gave a theft offender the choice of "spending 90 days in jail or donating her family's prized Packer tickets to the Make-a-Wish Foundation for one year." Following up this story, which is apparently making national news, this well-done article quotes a number of experts concerning the legality and appropriateness of this unusual sentence (which the defendant apparently has no plans to challenge). The article also lists a number of other unusual sentences imposed in recent years and provides this poll where you can vote on whether you would give up the tickets or spend 90 days in jail.
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I'm not that troubled by this sentencing "option". In fact, isn't it the equivalent of paying a fine? She stole $3000 and now she has to forfeit $700 (face value) worth of tickets.
Call me old-fashioned, but I think "shaming" or unusual sentences have some value yet.
Posted by: Gideon | Apr 28, 2005 11:49:01 AM
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