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10. 13-year-old Kaytlen Lopan and a friend were playing with a little 3-year-old girl at a Utah McDonald’s.. and then they cut her hair off with scissors. Well, as you can imagine, the little girl’s parents weren’t having a Happy Meal about that. So they filed a lawsuit claiming assault. Kaytlen was also accused of and admitted to making threats to a Colorado teen over an 8-month period that included threats of rape and mutilation. Judge Scott Johansen sentenced the teen to 30 days in detention and 276 hour of community service. However, he offered Kaytlen’s mom, Valerie, a deal that would greatly reduce her daughter’s sentence, and that would be to cut off Kaytlen’s ponytail immediately in the courtroom. She took the deal and lopped off her daughter’s ponytail in court. She later regretted doing that and filed a complaint against the judge. Well, it sure sounded like a good deal to me, considering what Kaytlen had done to the 3-year-old. What are your thoughts? Operators are standing by now…
9. Tyler Alred, of Phoenix, Arizona, was 17 when he pleaded guilty to manslaugter back in late 2012. He was driving a pickup truck with his friend, John Dum, beside him and was drinking alcohol when he crashed the truck. It killed his friend. John’s family did not want two lives to be wasted for a mistake, so Judge Mike Norman took that under consideration. He then gave Tyler a list of conditions to meet over the next 10 years to avoid prison. That list included: graduate from high school; graduate from welding school; take drug, alcohol and nicotine tests for a year; wear a drug and alcohol bracelet; take part in victim’s impact panels; and something a little unusual coming from a judge: attend church for the next 10 years.
8. You know I can’t smile without you….. (ahem)… A U.S. judge is finding that a new punishment for repeat offenders who are accused of being too noisy… is working wonders. Judge Paul Sacco of Colorado wanted to try something new because paying a fine for being too loud just wasn’t sinking in, and the same loud people would end up in court all the time… people who played their stereos too loud, or loud garage band rehearsals. So he decided to lock the offenders in a room for an hour with Barry Manilow songs playing loud. Amazingly, repeat violators have been cut way down. Oh Mandy!!
7. In Ohio, Bruce Crawford, 22, and Grace Nash, 20, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor conduct during an emergency (keep that emergency word in mind) after they rafted on a flood-swollen river without life preservers and lied about having them when they were found. A Painesville, Ohio, judge sentenced them to stand in a kiddie pool while wearing life jackets and handing out water safety brochures at a festival in Painesville.
Ya know, unless I’m not quite getting this one… which is certainly possible…the last thing I would think about in a flooding emergency is whether or not I had an orange floaty vest. I’m just gettin the hell outta Dodge. Although, standing in a kiddie pool does sound like fun.
6. Fluzin Baptiste, known as soymalau on Twitter, did some heavy-duty name-calling to two French politicians: Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet and Jean-Francois Cope. So the politicians took it to court and won. Aside from Baptiste having to pay a symbolic franc in damages and 5,000 francs in court costs, he was ordered to tweet the following 466 times: I have severely insulted Jean-Francois Cope and Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet. I regret and apologize. Why 466 times? Your guess is as good as mine.
5. Ok… we’ve reached the halfway point, so it’s time to make a difference. In Hillsborough, North Carolina, Superior Court Judge Carl Fox was battling blood cancer and seaching for a donor. Charles Alston offered himself up for a bone marrow transplant, if he was a match for the judge. That would have been very interesting indeed, if Alston was a match because Alston is serving out a 25-year prison sentence, and he was put behind bars mainly though the prosecution of the district attorney, who was Fox at the time. Alston claims he is not mad at Fox at all for putting him in jail, and even goes as far as to say that he even saved his life because he’s managed to turn his life around. As thankful as the judge was at the kind gesture from the man he put away, he underwent a transplant involving stem cells from an umbilical cord and has greatly recovered.
4. In Houston, Daniel Mireles walks back and forth on a street in front of a shopping center holding a sign that says he’s a thief. This was the sentence that was handed down by Judge Kevin Fine. Mireles was convicted of stealing money from crime victims. His signs reads: ‘I am a thief. I stole $250,000 from the Harris County crime victim’s fund. Daniel Mireles.’ He must stand across from the shopping center for 5 hours every weekend…. for six years. His wife, Eloise, was also convicted of the crime and given a similar punishment.
3. My cellphone went off when I was seeing a new doctor and he treated me like I had just committed treason. So I turned it off and told him I loved my country. But Judge Hugh Clarke doesn’t like cellphones going off in his courtroom either, so he started seizing those phones and fining their owners $50. A man being sentenced for unlawful use of credit cards had his phone go off during the proceedings. Clarke took away his phone and charged him. Just a few minutes later, though, Clarke’s own smartphone went off. He immediately stopped the proceedings, held himself in contempt of court, pulled out $50 from his wallet and gave it to a court officer. It’s nice to see someone of authority can take it, as well as dole it out.
2. Judge Peter Kelly ordered a woman to undergo surgery to remove a brain tumor despite the woman not giving her permission for such a delicate procedure. After the unnamed woman refused to have the surgery, court orders were sought and granted. The woman later went before the court to thank the judge for ordering the surgery and she even brought him chocolates. The judge said the woman was looking much better and there was no need to thank him; that it was the tumor in her brain that was clouding her judgment.
1. … And, we’re back in Painesville, Ohio, where the punishment might be a pain… but it’s better than going to jail. Judge Michael Cicconetti is known as someone who can certainly hand out some bizarre sentences instead of jail time. Here are a few of them:
* 18-year-old Victoria Bascom took a cab for 30 miles without paying the fare. She was sentenced to walk 30 miles around a fairground in a two-day period.
* Alyssa Morrow left her pet dog in a dirty house. She was sentenced to pick up garbage at a dump site.
* Two teens wrote 666 on a statue of Jesus. They were ordered to lead a donkey though the community with a sign saying “Sorry for the jackass offense, but he is soooo cute.”
* A man arrested for soliciting a prostitute was ordered to walk around in a chicken suit.
* A woman who attacked an innocent male Burger King employee with pepper spray was sprayed herself in court by that employee. Only the spray was actually water, but it served its purpose by scaring the woman.
* A woman who abandoned 35 kittens in a forest was ordered to spend a night in the woods.
* And last, but certainly not least, a man who was drunk when driving and caused the deaths of two people was ordered to view their bodies.
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