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DrConway
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posted 02 October 2002 01:30 AM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Judge says teenager should not have been forced to wear sign

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A judge was wrong to order a teenager convicted of vandalizing a school to wear a sign that said "I am a juvenile criminal," the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

The 14-year-old admitted breaking into a middle school with three other juveniles in October 2000 and doing about $60,000 worth of damage.


Are we this Philistinic and backwards in North America that we resort to methods of punishment that were abandoned years ago?


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Flowers By Irene
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posted 02 October 2002 01:45 AM      Profile for Flowers By Irene     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Its really odd, the standards we as a society adhere to - you drive one truck, no one considers you a truck driver; you sing one song, no one considers you a singer; but you commit one crime, or suck one dick...
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audra trower williams
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posted 05 October 2002 01:23 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Flowers By Irene? You're so great.
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jeff house
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posted 05 October 2002 06:28 PM      Profile for jeff house     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The sentence in this case was absurd, but it does have its Canadian analogue. About four years ago, Judge Joe Bovard of Toronto sentenced someone to stand on a specific corner with a sign reading:
"I am a child molester."

It was overturned on appeal.


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jeff house
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posted 05 October 2002 08:50 PM      Profile for jeff house     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
In the US, the Supreme Court will be dealing with the so-called "Three Strikes Law" this fall.

The case involves one Andrade:

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After some previous burglary convictions, Leandro Andrade's third strike was shoplifting nine videos. This is a misdemeanor ordinarily punishable by six months in jail, but it was upgraded to a felony because of his prior arrests. As a result, he got 50 years to life.

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/10/06/opinion/06ROSE.html


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josh
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posted 05 October 2002 09:22 PM      Profile for josh     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
As a light aside, I don't know if any of you have ever seen Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" on HBO, but in one episode Larry is sentenced to walk around wearing an "I Steal Forks" sign after being convicted for stealing a fork from a restaurant. He had given a limo driver some leftovers and when the driver complained he had nothing to eat it with, Larry went back into the restaurant to retrieve fork. He was apprehended on the way out.

No good deed goes unpunished.


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