More Stupid Sentences

Remember the Macomb County, Michigan woman who got 30 days in jail because her parties were too loud? The sentence is a joke, but you don't want to say that to the judge's face.

A 17-year-old woman was ordered to jail for 30 days for contempt of court for telling the judge, "You're a joke."

Same judge. Thirty days for a loud party, 30 for an insult. Another young man got 13 days for jaywalking.

Local residents are starting to notice District Court Judge Norene Redmond's excessive reliance on incarceration to punish minor offenses.

Eastpointe City Councilwoman Veronica Klinefelt said city officials are "being flooded" with e-mails from people opposing the sentence. Mayor Dave Austin reminded residents council members have no jurisdiction over the judicial branch of city government.
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    Somebody... (none / 0) (#1)
    by kdog on Wed Dec 06, 2006 at 08:06:07 AM EST
    ...is on a power trip.  Time for some checks and balances...and get this wanna-be tyrant off the bench pronto.

    Before you drop a dime on somebody for a loud party, a messy yard, or other such tripe...think of this judge and the consequences of your actions....people in chains.

    This is (none / 0) (#2)
    by Che's Lounge on Wed Dec 06, 2006 at 09:31:38 AM EST
    Posner's Rule of the Judiciary. Inject your own agenda.

    Why not just (none / 0) (#3)
    by Edger on Wed Dec 06, 2006 at 09:42:48 AM EST
    take away Norene Redmond's gavel and give her a bludgeon? Or a six-gun? Then she can dispense immediate Redmond style justice directly from the bench.

    Maybe she'd feel less threatened and insecure, and calm down a bit? On second thought...

    I thot 'contempt of court (none / 0) (#4)
    by Kitt on Wed Dec 06, 2006 at 10:02:07 AM EST
    was just an overnight stay! Long enough to ruminate and repent.

    Its the chamber of commerce (none / 0) (#5)
    by Jen M on Wed Dec 06, 2006 at 10:46:40 AM EST
    that should be getting the emails

    "who is going to want to do business there if one can get 30 days in jail and two years probation for having a party"

    Depends on the state, Kitt, here... (none / 0) (#6)
    by Bill Arnett on Wed Dec 06, 2006 at 12:48:37 PM EST
    ...in California a judge can slam you away for up to six months and fine you up to $1,000.00.

    What they need to do with this judge is put her in a court that hears only infractions, where the only penalties that can be assessed are monetary with no jail time possible.

    She still could find people in contempt, but at least the main cases she would hear would only result in fines, not ridiculous sentences.

    It was tongue in cheek, Bill (none / 0) (#7)
    by Kitt on Wed Dec 06, 2006 at 11:48:31 PM EST
    Sorry, I should've indicated that.