The strange punishments found in today’s list are not your normal punishments at all. Although your typical punishment will probably include fines, community service, or jail time, some judges have started handing out very interesting punishments. They say that although the eighth amendment to the constitution prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment” it doesn’t prohibit unusual punishments sans cruelty. Furthermore, some say that these sort of “unconventional” punishments prevent repeat offenders, especially when the defendant can choose between a conventional punishment and something more memorable and relevant. These are the 25 strangest punishments handed out by bodies of authority.
An embarrassing sign
When Daniel and Eloise Mireles stole nearly a quarter of a million dollars from Harris County Texas, the judge made them post a sign in front of their house that read “The occupants of this residence, Daniel and Eloise Mireles, are convicted thieves.”
A night in the woods
Michelle M. Murray claimed that 35 kittens were left on her doorstep and because she didn’t know what to do with them she abandoned them in a local park where 9 of them later died. After asking her how she thought it would feel to be abandoned all alone in the woods overnight, the judge hearing her case sentenced her to just that – a night in the woods alone.
The sign on the streetcorner
Shena Hardin was driving down the street when she got stuck behind a school bus. Instead of waiting, she drove around it on the sidewalk. Judge Pinkey Carr had her stand on a street corner holding a sign that read “Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.”
A mandatory vasectomy
Although none of Jessie Lee Herald’s crimes were sexual in nature (mostly reckless endangerment), part of his plea deal included getting a vasectomy. Since he had 7 children with 6 women, the judge thought preventing him from having any more kids would force him to take care of the ones that he already had.
Teenager Kaytlen Lopan and her friend were at McDonald’s when they began to bully a 3 year old girl by cutting off her hair. The judge decided to give a reciprocal punishment by having Kaytlen’s hair cut right there in the courtroom.
A group of high school students decided to vandalize a school bus which prevented some school children from going on their outing. The students were then ordered by a judge to hold a picnic for the youngsters.
Standing in a kiddie pool
When Bruce Crawford and Grace Nash went on a rafting trip with an unregistered raft and no flotation devices, they lied to park rangers about the raft belonging to them. This triggered a huge manhunt for the missing raft owner which in the end turned out to be the couple. The judge then ordered them to stand in a kiddie pool wearing life jackets and handing out packets on water safety.
A bad landlord
After landlord Nicholas Dionisopoulos violated a bunch of building codes on his properties, the judge ordered him to house arrest in one of his own buildings for 6 months.
The funeral director
After funeral director Bernie Tiede was convicted of murdering Marjorie Nugent and storing her body in a freezer, he was sentenced to life in prison. Director Richard Linklater later made a movie about him called “Bernie”. After it was revealed that Bernie was abused as a child the judge had him released from prison on condition that he would receive counseling and live with Linklater.
When Diamond T. Gaston was arrested for pepper spraying somebody, the judge had her decide between spending 30 days in jail or having the victim pepper spray her back. She chose the latter, although the substance turned out to be plain water.
A visit to the morgue
A judge had Jonathan Tarase visit the morgue to see the bodies of car crash victims after he nearly killed a couple by running a red light.
This is not a police officer
In 2002, after yelling “pigs” at police officers, a Painesville man was made to stand on a street corner with a pig while holding a sign that read “This is not a police officer”.
Twenty hours of classical music
When Andrew Vactor was caught blasting rap music out of his car, the judge offered to reduce his fine if he listened to 20 hours of classical music (so he would know what it is like to have to listen to something he didn’t enjoy). He only lasted 15 minutes.
Get a job
When a 25 year old man in Spain took his parents to court for not giving him an allowance, the judge decided he was wasting the court’s time and told him his punishment – finding a job.
After a pizza shop owner in Buffalo was caught for tax fraud, the judge spared him 7 years if he agreed to pay back what he owed and donate 12 pizzas per week to a local mission for the next year.
25 Strangest Punishments Handed Out By Bodies Of Authority