Not Your Average Judge! Michael Cicconetti And His 11 Crazy Punishments


Looking at corpses, walking 30 miles and even dressing up as a chicken: The bizarre punishments handed out by one eccentric judge instead of jail - and he insists it works! Judge Michael Cicconetti offers 'personal' punishments that fit the crime. He made teen walk 30 miles for taking cab same distance without paying. Also ordered man who solicited a prostitute to dress up in a chicken suit. Let's see what else he did.

What he does is actually pretty simple.

He exposes the criminals to the crimes they committed. Of course, he does this in a symbolical and an educational way.

The judge, who was a former scout, is liked a lot in the region with his way of understanding the justice. He has been selected twice and has been working for more than 20 years.

He is also the president of the American Association of Judges.Let's look at the crazy decisions that reflect the creative justice of the judge.

1. He made a woman who had left her seven-year-old dog Moose in dirty 'hoarder'-style house until he was emaciated to pick up garbage at dump.

2. Michelle Murray was the case that made him really famous.

In 2005, an Ohio woman abandoned 35 kittens in the cold, snowy woods.

Judge Cicconetti offered two options. Spend a short prison sentence or a night in the dark forest alone!

"How would you like to be dumped off at a metro park late at night, spend the night listening to the coyotes ... , listening to the raccoons around you in the dark night, and sit out there in the cold not knowing where you're going to get your next meal, not knowing when you are going to be rescued?" Cicconetti asked the defendant.

3. He sent a man who was caught with an unlicensed gun to investigate the morgue to examine the corpses.

4. The man who shot a dog was ruled that he would donate 20 pounds of food to the animal shelter in the area on every holiday.

5. Cicconetti punished a group of high school students who vandalized school buses by making them throw a picnic for a group of grade-school students whose outing was canceled because of the stunt.

6. 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."

7. Victoria Bascom deliberately did not pay for her journey. Unluckily for her, the cab driver took her to court - and she was up in front of Judge Michael Cicconetti.

Cicconetti decided that instead of going to jail for 60 days, Ms Bascom could instead walk 30 miles in 48 hours - the length of the trip.

8. 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."

9. He made a man who shouted obscenities at police, calling them 'pigs', stand with real pigs in the centre of town for two hours.

10. A woman who stole from a church was ordered to spell out the words, 'I stole coins from this church', completely out of coins.

11. Diamond T. Gaston was sent before him and pleaded guilty to assault for using pepper spray on her victim. The 20-year-old was told that she could either spend 30 days in jail, or have her victim spray her with pepper spray.

Cicconetti says:

“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 those who say Cicconetti’s punishments are cruel and unusual, he asks, “What is cruel and unusual punishment? Is it a little bit of embarrassment and humiliation?”

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