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Woman Spends 3 Hours In Woods For Dumping Kittens
Lake County Judge Michael Cicconetti sentenced Murray to spend the night in the woods without food or shelter. He said he wanted her to feel the same pain as the kittens she neglected.
She dumped 33 kittens in the woods. Park rangers found them, but later 9 died of upper respiratory infections.
her supplementary jail sentence has been reduced to house arrest
poor little kittens. :(

an article about that judge's creative sentencing


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Nov. 25th, 2005 10:17 pm (UTC)
They had that story on the U-Bahn news in Berlin (they have little monitors with news stories & Beriln events that you can read, so you don't mug anyone). But there, they said it was a guy who dumped the kittens.
Nov. 25th, 2005 10:32 pm (UTC)
I guess these kind of stories, once they leave the local area where it originated, lose accuracy in all the details. I think the ABC news article that focused on creative sentencing in general got the number of cats wrong. it was close though.
It's become national (and world! wow!) news because it's a wacky sentence, but I think she deserved it for being cruel to kittens. The crime was more shocking to me than the sentence.
Nov. 26th, 2005 12:48 am (UTC)
I totally think she deserved it although I can see how they'd argue for it being cruel and unusual punishment ("The crime is cruelty and you punish her by doing the same thing to her"). But I think it was just.

I also feel the need to point out that it could have just been my exceedingly poor German skills botching it, but julieisinberlin and I both read it and thought it was a guy. Also the 3 or 4 sentences on the U-Bahn focused more on the judge than the perpetrator basically saying in German what these stories said "I wnat you to feel what the cats did." The U-bahn briefs are definitely not in-depth reporting. It's like 3 sentence stories for you to read in between stops so you don't go nuts and mug someone, I guess. It's kind of nice. Anyway, yeah, it's still completely possible in the 10 seconds it flashed up there that I read it wrong.
Nov. 26th, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC)
I think she deserved it too. I was glad that she was going to jail after being out in the woods for a night too. But that was changed to house arrest. oh, well. I guess the important thing is that she's not allowed to have pets.

I believe that they just reported it wrong. I can't imagine that anyone would care all that much in Germany about getting all the details about this story.
Nov. 26th, 2005 09:54 pm (UTC)
yeah...I'm just glad they prosecuted it at all. In most states they send people to jail for smoking marijuana, but setting puppies on fire isn't even a misdemeanor. I want to sned this judge a love letter because he's protecting animals.
(Or maybe he just wnated to get on the news and did it to be controversial).
Yeah, I think the U-Bahn entertainment people, for some reason, are probably not up to Pulitzer standards of journalism.
Nov. 26th, 2005 10:07 pm (UTC)
Well, I found out from this there is a law about animal care.
I think the judge really cared about it, and did it because what she did was so horrible.
Apparently, he's made up crazy sentences in the past, so if those didn't already get him publicity for being a creative-sentencer, I don't think he thought this would.
if that makes sense.
Nov. 26th, 2005 10:09 pm (UTC)
nah, it makes sense. I wonder what some of his other "creative" sentences have been.
Nov. 28th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC)
This isn't Cicconetti's first unusual sentence:

He has ordered a man who hollered "pigs" to police officers to stand on a street corner next to a 350-pound pig with a sign that read, "This is not a police officer."

After an 18-year-old man stole some porn from an adult bookstore, the judge ordered him to sit outside the shop in a chair, wearing a blindfold, and holding a sign saying "See No Evil" so that passing traffic could see him.

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.

A nanny accused of hitting a little boy with a belt was given a folder of articles on the consequences of child abuse, and compelled to read them all, and then discuss them in the courtroom in front of the judge and the victim's mother, as spectators looked on. Afterward, the mother agreed to no jail time for the nanny.

Cicconetti said he can remember just two people who have been sentenced to alternative punishments and reoffended.
Nov. 28th, 2005 02:54 pm (UTC)
the first one cracked me up a lot. Although I think people should be able to call the police "pigs" if they want as long as they don't hurt or harrass them or anything. I mean, free speech. I wonder if that guy did something else to warrant that.
Nov. 30th, 2005 01:54 pm (UTC)
yeah, that little description make it sounds like a quiet day and he just walked up and started shouting. That would be a bit strange.
Nov. 30th, 2005 01:55 pm (UTC)
one that cracks me up is the second one. I just think the term "18-year-old man" is funny.
Nov. 26th, 2005 12:20 am (UTC)
I'd give her more than that! Maybe she should be dumbed in the biggest wilderness we can find, preferably with unpassable barriers between her and civilization, with no supplies except maybe the clothes she's wearing.

Urge to kill: rising!
Nov. 26th, 2005 09:36 pm (UTC)
seriously. I'm glad she got what she did.
I wish she was still going to jail, although I guess it's ok that she got house arrest since she is also not allowed to have any animals.
She spent three hours out there. I think all night would have been better, but that at least is ok. they weren't allowed to sentence her to something where she would be injured.
a crime against kittens is the worst kind you could commit.
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