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Creative Justice?... [CNN] (fwd)
>From [email protected] Fri Jan 2 20:33:21 1998
From: Jim Choate <[email protected]>
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Subject: Creative Justice?... [CNN]
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Date: Fri, 2 Jan 1998 20:33:15 -0600 (CST)
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> DRUNKEN DRIVER ORDERED CLOSER TO LIQUOR STORE
> graphic January 2, 1998
> Web posted at: 8:39 p.m. EST (0139 GMT)
> CINCINNATI (Reuters) -- An Ohio judge has ordered a chronic drunken
> driver to move within easy walking distance of a liquor store or
> face jail.
> In a sentence meted out on New Year's Eve, Hillsboro Municipal Judge
> James Hapner ordered Dennis Cayse to move within "easy walking
> distance" -- defined as one-half mile or less -- of a liquor store
> within 30 days or face a potential 1-1/2-year jail sentence for
> drunken driving.
> It was Cayse's 18th conviction for drunken driving. He was also
> sentenced to spend the first week of each of the next five years in
> The judge also directed that Cayse, who lost his license years ago
> but continued to drink and drive, be handcuffed to the
> passenger-side door or be seated with someone between him and the
> driver anytime he travels.
> University of Cincinnati law professor Christo Lassiter said the
> multiple sentence passed constitutional muster.
> "It appears to me that this sentence is neither unconstitutional nor
> inappropriate," Lassiter told Reuters Friday. "It looks to me like
> the judge felt that there was nothing he could do to keep the man
> off the road except to make him move to where he could walk to buy
> his booze."
> Hillsboro is a town of 6,000 just east of Cincinnati.
> "For as long as I have been associated with law enforcement, I have
> never heard of such an unusual sentence. It's very squirrelly," said
> Lt. Ronald Ward of the Highland County sheriff's office.
> "I have known Dennis Cayse a long time and I've never seen him sober
> except when he was in jail," Ward said. "His lifetime record shows
> that if he is not in jail, he's going to drink and drive."
> A spokeswoman for Mothers Against Drunk Driving denounced the
> sentence, saying it was too lenient and sends the wrong public
> Copyright 1998 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.