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July 27, 2007

A shaming sentence that's fowl play

Though I view shaming sanctions as a topic for serious debate, this story reporting on a novel shaming sentence imposed by an Ohio judge certainly seems more likely to prompt frivolity:

The Best Little Whorehouse is not in Painesville.  And Municipal Judge Michael Cicconetti, known for dispensing unusual sentences, doesn't want one sprouting in his small town.  So Cicconetti ordered three men charged with soliciting sex to take turns dressing in a bright yellow chicken costume while carrying a sign that reads "No Chicken Ranch in Painesville."

The sign and costume refer to the "World Famous Chicken Ranch," a brothel in Nevada where sex-for-money is legal. The costume was borrowed from a woman who wears it to cheer patients at a local hospice.  Daniel Chapdelaine, 40, of Perry Township; Martin Soto, 44, of Ashtabula; and Fabian Rodriguez-Ramirez, 29, of Painesville; all pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor charges of soliciting sex from an undercover Painesville police officer earlier this summer.  Cicconetti agreed to suspend a 30-day jail sentence if they wear the costume between 4 and 7 p.m. today outside Painesville City Court.

"We're trying to send a strong message that we won't tolerate this activity in the city," said Painesville probation supervisor David Washlock.

I wonder what the folks at PETA might say about this novel animalistic sentence.

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Before the judge sentences any other men to wear a costume, he might want to look into the phenomenoa of "furries" and "yiffing." Eeeeeew, like, eeew.

Posted by: tekel | Jul 28, 2007 12:19:02 PM

LOL, Painesvile has a whorehouse in it, lord have mercy on our souls!

I dunno. Is it a good idea to dress sex offenders in giant feathered or furry outfits and then just send em downtown? I'm all in favor of unique sentencing to fit the crime, but this is just bizarre. And possibly dange... no, it's just bizarre.

Posted by: BabbuLu | Jul 29, 2007 12:03:39 AM

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