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Drunk driver must wear sign about his crime (VIDEO)

★~DoctorWhoGuru~★ 2012/04/22 17:13:36

A driver who served time in jail for killing a man in a drunk-driving accident in Harris County will now have to advertise his crime by wearing a sign in public.

Harris County Court-at-Law Judge Michael R. Fields has ordered Michael Giacona, 39, to wear the sign, which states “I killed Aaron Coy Pennywell while driving drunk,” during four consecutive Saturdays as part of his two-year probated sentence.

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  • ehrhornp 2012/04/22 17:26:09
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    This is a bit much as someone will probably try to kill him. Nothing like inciting violence.

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  • P. Sturm 2012/04/26 10:00:24 (edited)
    P. Sturm
    +1
    I don't know, I can't feel hunger, so I'm incapable of experiencing hunger based addictions like alcohol or opiates. I tried to compare with smoking but the doctors said wasn't the same, it was more like a disease, so I literally have no basis to judge by.

    But 90 days for vehicular manslaughter, with a prior DUI seems light to me, disease or not.
    As for the sign, as long as no vigilante action happens, we'll see if it makes any difference.
  • Ameera 2012/04/23 11:12:20
    Ameera
    +1
    oh ya i would rather go to jail
  • KarenInKenoshaWisconsin 2012/04/22 20:34:59
    KarenInKenoshaWisconsin
    +3
    Unfortunately, pretty stark education (being made to witness damage or autopsies on victims of drunk drivers), court ordered therapy/supervision, and even more extreme measures like this signage don't deter a lot of hardcore DUI offenders from getting behind the wheel while drunk.

    I would hope that would be the focus...how to prevent further DUI incidents and tragedies.

    Unfortunately, neither fines nor shaming work very well for this particular sort of problem.
  • demon Destroyer aka Bash 2012/04/22 20:21:52
    demon Destroyer aka Bash
    +1
    Make it a law.
  • Alice Evie 2012/04/22 19:57:56
    Alice Evie
    +1
    serves him right
  • VampFreak13 2012/04/22 19:40:58
    VampFreak13
    +1
    Hell Yes...I like it... :)
  • Rusty Shackleford 2012/04/22 18:46:51
    Rusty Shackleford
    +1
    Good, we need more of this.
  • Inquisitve Kat 2012/04/22 18:23:17
    Inquisitve Kat
    +2
    I'm not sure how I feel about this.
    How is humiliation a good punishment? I'd imagine the fact that he has to live with knowing his drunk driving resulted in a death, along with some jail time, would be sufficient punishment and encouragement to never drink and drive in the future. If not, I hardly see how parading this sign will help.
  • Rusty S... Inquisi... 2012/04/22 18:47:37
    Rusty Shackleford
    How is humiliation a good punishment?
    It's the best kind.
  • Inquisi... Rusty S... 2012/04/22 19:28:57
    Inquisitve Kat
    I asked "how"...
  • Rusty S... Inquisi... 2012/04/22 19:30:50
    Rusty Shackleford
    Let me guess, you believe that no one should feel shame for anything they do.
  • Inquisi... Rusty S... 2012/04/22 19:33:53
    Inquisitve Kat
    Clearly I didn't say that.
    Again, how is this a good punishment? If you can't answer that question, please don't waste my time with presumptions.
  • Rusty S... Inquisi... 2012/04/22 19:39:49
    Rusty Shackleford
    It's like humor, you either get it or you don't.

    You obviously don't understand how shame can be an excellent motivator as well as an example to others.
  • Inquisi... Rusty S... 2012/04/22 19:42:58
    Inquisitve Kat
    I completely understand how shame is an excellent motivator. I just mean that if he doesn't feel shame over the fact the someone's dead because of his actions, then he's a sociopath and this is just a stupid waste of time.
  • Rebel [SHP] 2012/04/22 18:15:05
    Rebel [SHP]
    Interesting decision, I like the out of the box idea of this judge. Humiliation sounds like a promising punishment.

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  • baxter 2012/04/22 18:08:07
    baxter
    +1
    I THINK THE DRINK DRIVERSSHOULD BE BANNED FRM DRIVING AND THAY TAKE AWAY THERE LINCE FOR 4 YRS 2 MAKEB THEM PAY FOUR WHAT THAY DONE 2 MANY PEOPLE ARE GETTING KILLED BYBTHEM THESE DAYS
  • Mark 2012/04/22 17:35:50
    Mark
    +3
    Are we going to see a return of the scarlett letter as well?
  • Reggie☮ Mark 2012/04/22 20:43:51
    Reggie☮
    Excellent point Mark.
  • User Deactivated 2012/04/22 17:33:08 (edited)
    User Deactivated
    +3
    This kind of thing only serves to pis* people off and for them to justify vigilante justice. Let the punishment be doled out otherwise, and not be made public. Everyone makes mistakes, and yes this was an absolutely horrible one, but he should only be punished as much as he deserves by the courts, not the people.
  • ehrhornp 2012/04/22 17:26:09
    ehrhornp
    +4
    This is a bit much as someone will probably try to kill him. Nothing like inciting violence.
  • Rusty S... ehrhornp 2012/04/22 18:48:23
    Rusty Shackleford
    Well, then we get that person to wear a sign, after a while, all of the nuts will be gone.
  • ehrhornp Rusty S... 2012/04/23 03:42:21
    ehrhornp
    Nice to see how you feel about fellow American citizens. Bet you say the pledge every day and consider yourself patriotic.
  • GoodEncounter 2012/04/22 17:24:57
    GoodEncounter
    +2
    Great idea!!!!

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