In the latest bout of court-ordered public shaming news, the Cleveland man who was sentenced to wear a sign proclaiming himself an idiot and to stand outside a local police station has finally shown up to his post.
If you'll remember, 58-year-old Richard Dameron failed to carry out his original sentence in June after he slung back too many bottles of liquid courage and forgot to arrange a ride.
The Cleveland judge who originally issued the sentence, Pinkey S. Carr, was far from amused, and ordered him to carry out his sentence the week after Labor Day. She also piled on an additional 90 days of jail time.
Dameron will be at his curb-side post for three hours each day for the rest of the week. The sign he wears reads, "I apologize to Officer Simone and all police officers for being an idiot calling 911 threatening to kill you. I'm sorry and it will never happen again."
Dameron was sentenced for threatening to kill local police officers over the phone last spring.
Dameron's public shaming isn't the first of its kind in Cleveland. Last year, Carr ordered a Cleveland woman to wear an "Idiot" sign after she repeatedly drove a school bus onto crowded sidewalks. Carr is beginning to make a reputation for herself as Cleveland's *alternative* judge.
What do you think? Is there value in public shaming or does it compromise the U.S. justice system?
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