Sentenced to humiliation

Woman who drove on sidewalk to avoid school bus publicly shamed

The Associated Press November 14, 2012


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Shena Hardin holds a sign as part of a public sentence in Cleveland Tuesday for driving on a sidewalk to avoid a school bus.

Photograph by: Tony Dejak, The Associated Press , The Associated Press


A woman caught on camera driving on a sidewalk to pass a Cleveland school bus that was unloading children stood in the cold Tuesday at an intersection holding a sign warning people about idiots.A Cleveland Municipal Court judge ordered 32-year-old Shena Hardin to serve the highly public sentence for one hour Tuesday and Wednesday for the Sept. 11 citation.

She arrived bundled up against the 34-degree cold, puffing a cigarette and wearing head phones as passing vehicles honked.

Satellite TV trucks were on hand to stream the event live near downtown Cleveland.

The sign read: "Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus."


CREATIVE SENTENCES REALLY CAN PUT YOU IN THE DOGHOUSE


This was the latest example of creative, and sometimes controversial, sentences handed out by judges to publicly shame offenders. Some other examples:


'I am a thief'

Daniel and Eloise Mireles were convicted of stealing more than $265,000 from the crime victims fund in Harris County, Texas.

In addition to restitution and jail time, the Houston couple were sentenced in July 2010 to stand in front of the local mall for five hours every weekend for six years with a sign reading, "I am a thief."


'I stole from a 9-year-old'


Western Pennsylvania residents Evelyn Border and her daughter, Tina Griekspoor, 35, were caught stealing a gift card from a child inside a Wal-Mart. In November 2009, the Bedford County district attorney said he would recommend probation instead of jail time because the women stood in front of the courthouse for 4 1/2 hours holding signs reading, "I stole from a 9-year-old on her birthday! Don't steal or this could happen to you!"


'I was stupid'


A man who crashed his car into the gates at a Wisconsin waste water treatment plant spent eight hours holding a sign saying, "I was stupid." Shane McQuillan decided he would rather do that than spend 20 days in jail on a conviction of criminal damage to property.


'Sorry for the jackass offence'


An Ohio judge ordered a man and woman who vandalized a baby Jesus statue in a church's outdoor nativity to march through town with a donkey to apologize.


Jessica Lange and Brian Patrick admitted to defacing the statue at St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church on Christmas Eve 2003. They led a donkey provided by a petting zoo through the streets of Fairport Harbor carrying a sign that said, "Sorry for the jackass offence." After the march, the pair were taken to serve 45-day sentences that included drug and alcohol treatment. They also were ordered to replace the statue.


From courthouse to doghouse


Curtis Robin Sr. made a deal with Texas prosecutors to spend 30 consecutive nights in a 2-by-3-foot doghouse after pleading guilty to whipping his stepson with a car antenna. Robin was allowed to have a sleeping bag, mosquito netting, plastic tarp or similar protective items.


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