While most judges stick to normal sentencing, there’s at least one judge who marches to the beat of his own drum. Typically sentences include anything from fines to classes to community service and sometimes even jail time. It’s more or less just the same ‘ol story for criminals… except for those that are sentenced in this imaginative judge’s courthouse!
Judge Michael Cicconetti has been dishing out sentences for over 20 years and his punishments are anything but ordinary. He believes that each perpetrator should be sentenced to something that fits their crime. (I like where this is going!)
He does so with one very simple approach: He humiliates his criminals.
“My judicial philosophy is really not that much different from a parental philosophy,” said the judge. “I have five children. You can paddle them or spank them, but what do you gain?”
To anyone who thinks Cicconetti’s punishments are cruel and unusual, he asks, “What is cruel and unusual punishment? Is it a little bit of embarrassment and humiliation?”
Well, see for yourself and then you can decide! The following are just a few of the MANY punishments Cicconetti has handed out over the years.
In 2005, an Ohio woman abandoned 35 kittens in the cold, snowy woods. In addition to a heavy fine, Judge Cicconetti sentenced her to spend a night in the woods without water, food, or entertainment.
When a man hollered “pigs” at local police officers, Judge Cicconetti sentenced the man to stand on a street corner next to a 350-pound pig with a sign that read, “This is not a police officer.”
Two teenagers who wrote “666” on a nativity figure of Jesus were sentenced by Judge Cicconetti to lead a donkey through the streets with a sign that read, “Sorry for the jackass offense.”
A man caught soliciting sex was ordered by Cicconetti to wear a chicken suit, stand on a street corner, and hold a sign that said, “No chicken ranch in our city.”
When an 18-year-old boy stole pornography from an adult book store, Judge Cicconetti ordered him to sit outside the store wearing a blindfold and holding a sign that read “See no evil.”
If ever you find yourself in Painesville Ohio, you better make sure you’re on your best behavior or you could be the next person walking around in a chicken costume, holding an embarrassing sign! Check out the video and then let us know if you agree or disagree with Judge Cicconetti’s unique approach to the judicial system!