April 25, 2005
Death by Poison or Hanging?
Wisconsin woman is convicted of felony theft. Judge gives her a choice: 90 days in jail or donate her Packers season tickets to charity for a year. Given the Packer obsession in Wisconsin, I honestly can’t predict which one she would prefer. The judge could, of course, make the decision easier for her by threatening to schedule the jailtime during football season…
UPDATE: In a mildly surprising development, the woman has forked over the Packer tickets. Meanwhile, something has really been bothering me about this case. How did the judge learn about the Packers tickets in the first place? They had nothing to do with the crime.
Posted by Eric at April 25, 2005 04:56 PM | Life in Wisconsin
Scheduling the jailtime during the season may make the decision harder. Depends on which 90 days. Beginning of the season? End of the season? I mean she would only miss 12 games. . .
How would people respond in other states? I suppose the punishment in Chicago would be to force them to ATTEND all the home games. Then again, Human Rights Watch may see this as an end-around the moratorium on executions.
Posted by: ex libris at April 26, 2005 07:21 AM
Justice Kennedy went on the internet and saw that European human rights law forbids judges from banning soccer hooligans from attending the games of their favorite teams, so he's concluded that taking away the defendant's Packers tickets is an Eighth Amendment violation.
Posted by: Scott Moss at April 26, 2005 08:12 PM