Cruel and Unusual Punishment – Or Not?
An Ohio woman caught driving on the sidewalk to pass a bus unloading children was sentenced to stand on the side of the street wearing a sign warning about idiots. Was the punishment going too far?
A Cleveland judge recently sentenced a woman to spend an hour on each of two days on the side of the road wearing a sign that read, "Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus." Her crime - driving on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.
According to a story in Online Athens, the 32-year-old Ohio woman was videoed driving her car on the sidewalk to avoid having to wait behind a school bus offloading students. The judge, who didn’t think she showed enough remorse for her actions, sentenced her to wear the sign. Television stations were reportedly on hand to film the event and motorists honked as they drove past. She also had her license suspended for 30 days and had to pay a $250 fine.
So what do you think? Did the punishment fit the crime? Or is public humiliation not the way to punish people in modern society?