Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Outrageous: from The New Republic,
Last week a federal panel from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that trial judges in western states can sentence convicts to be publicly shamed. After ordering Shawn Gementera to serve time in prison for stealing some letters, a San Francisco judge required the offender, as part of his supervised release conditions, to stand outside a local post office wearing a sandwich board that said, "I stole mail. This is my punishment."
Perhaps we should have a public flogging while we are at it.


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