This morning we did a segment on creative sentencing, in light of a story about an Alabama woman who shoplifted at Walmart and was forced to stand outside the store wearing a sandwich-board sign stating "I am a Thief." (WATCH VIDEO) Last night, I was assigned to help the Atlanta producer who was crashing this tape spot. As I searched for video of these wacky sentences that judges have doled out over the years, I came across some truly unusual punishments. Here are some of the sentences that didn't make the cut this morning:
-In Michigan, a woman claiming to be a Hurricane Katrina victim in order to get free rent, was ordered to clean houses.
-In Ohio, a man who ran away from police after a traffic accident was sentenced to jog for an hour every other day around the block where the jail is located.
-Also in Ohio, a man who called a police officer a pig was sentenced to spend 2 hours standing in a pen with a pig and sign saying "This is not a police officer."
Are these creative punishments warranted?