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July 10, 2006

Another shame (sentence)

How Appealing here provides links to news stories about a federal judge employing a shaming sentence.  Here are some details from this local account:

A federal judge in Missoula doled out a peculiar, almost Draconian punishment Thursday - a public shaming.  Chief U.S. District Judge Don Molloy ordered a man who lied about his military career to march outside the Missoula County Courthouse wearing a sandwich board that says, “I am a liar. I am not a Marine.”

William Cody Horvath, 36, of Whitefish, pleaded guilty to making false statements earlier this year, admitting that in August 2001, he lied to his probation officer about having served in the U.S. Marine Corps in hopes of earning compassion.... 

Molloy also ordered Horvath to write letters of apology to several Montana newspapers, the U.S. Marine Corps, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion in Kalispell. The judge said Horvath must admit in the letters that he lied repeatedly about serving and being wounded.

Some prior posts in which shaming punishments are discussed and debated:

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