unusual sentence

4 Stories

Idaho Judge Orders Woman to Wear a Charm Bracelet

Photos of her children are included in probation terms

(Newser) - Judges have a lot of discretion when it comes to handing out sentences to criminal defendants, but some experts say a recent Idaho case where a woman was ordered to wear a charm bracelet is particularly unusual. Jennifer Fanopoulos was sentenced in Boise's US District Court earlier this month... More »

Rapist's Sentence: Volunteer at Rape Crisis Center

Dallas center says 'no thanks'

(Newser) - Dallas County District Judge Jeanine Howard is known for handing out unusual sentences, but her latest "shocked and disturbed," reports WFAA . Sir Young, 20, pleaded guilty to raping a 14-year-old girl at Booker T. Washington High School; he was an 18-year-old student there at the time. He faced... More »

Fatal Driver's Sentence: 15 Years of Letter Writing

'Creative sentencing' is new legal trend

(Newser) - A Florida driver who was convicted of killing an Iraq-war veteran in a car accident won't be spending any time in jail. Instead, the 22-year-old Andrew Gaudioso will have to send a postcard to the victim's family every week for 15 years, the Orlando Sentinel reports. "He said he... More »

Noisy Teens Sentenced to Manilow Sessions

'Music misery' sentences used to bring noisemakers in line

(Newser) - Call it cruel and unusual punishment—or at least unusual. When a Colorado judge sentences teenagers guilty of blasting car stereos too loud in Fort Lupton, he often imposes a session of enforced "musical misery," the Los Angeles Times reports. That means a Friday night in his courtroom... More »

4 Stories

AROUND THE WEB