Is this cruel and unusual punishment, or is it simply space-awesome? [Updated]
I swear, I have no idea where I come down on this. I’m curious to see what the Hive Mind thinks.
Via TPM, an Ohio man was sentenced to stand on the street for five hours holding a sign declaring that he was a bully:
Municipal Court Judge Gayle Williams-Byers ordered 62-year-old Edmond Aviv to display the sign for five hours Sunday. It says: “I AM A BULLY! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself. My actions do not reflect an appreciation for the diverse South Euclid community that I live in.”
And it certainly appears that some kind of punishment was warranted, as the guy might well be the biggest a-hole in all of Ohio, if the not the entire midwest:
Aviv has feuded with his neighbor Sandra Prugh for the past 15 years, court records show. The most recent case stemmed from Aviv being annoyed at the smell coming from Prugh’s dryer vent when she did laundry, according to court records. In retaliation, Aviv hooked up kerosene to a fan, which blew the smell onto Pugh’s property, the records said.
Prugh has two adult adopted children with developmental disabilities, cerebral palsy and epilepsy; a husband with dementia, and a paralyzed son.
Prugh said in a letter to the court that Aviv had called her an ethnic slur while she was holding her adopted black children, spit on her several times, regularly threw dog feces on her son’s car windshield, and once smeared feces on a wheelchair ramp.
I’ve been thinking about this all morning, and I keep going back and forth being horrified by the judge and thinking this was the best thing the judge could have done.
What say y’all?
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So I’d like to pose a follow up question to everyone, since it seems to be consensus that there’s no real issue with the what the judge did.
In the OP, I described Aviv in this way:
And it certainly appears that some kind of punishment was warranted, as the guy might well be the biggest a-hole in all of Ohio, if the not the entire midwest.
Suppose I had instead written this:
And it certainly appears that some kind of intervention was warranted, as it’s pretty clear that Aviv suffers from some type of extreme mental illness.
Would we be thinking about this differently?