The Most Bizarre Sentences Handed Out By Judges

It is popularly said that if you want justice, wait for the next world because here, it is the law that works. This means that judges are left to use their interpretation of the law to determine sentences, and some have gotten their crazy side of the brain working on overdrive.

The most famous of the crazy judges, Michael Cicconetti, has publicly said that since we can’t stone criminals anymore, justice is all about ensuring that they learn from their mistakes. While this could appear as a subtle comment, this judge clearly indicates that bizarre sentences are necessary because they are the only way criminals can learn from their mistakes.

Here are some of the most bizarre sentences handed out by judges who also believe in the Michael Cicconetti school of thought.

Mandatory Vasectomy

While family planning is a personal and optional decision, a judge decided to force a suspect to get a vasectomy, even when his case did not entail sexual assault. Jessie Lee Herald was charged with hit and run, child endangerment and driving on a suspended license. Instead of serving six years and eight months, his judge offered to reduce the sentence by 5 years only if Herald agreed to get a vasectomy.

Six Month Curfew For A Man Too Tall For Jail

Jude Medcalf fired a BB gun in a woman’s window and stole Christmas presents and Tea money from an NHS office. These crimes landed him in trouble, after which he was sent to jail. Unfortunately or rather fortunately for Medcalf, he was too big for jail. Standing at 7ft and 2 inches tall, Medcalf could not fit in jail clothes or bed, a problem that earned him his way out in just 75 days.

The judge instead sent him on a 6-month curfew and 12-month community order.

Feminine Dressing For Males

23-year-old Jason Householder and 21-year-old John Stockum were accused of throwing beer bottles at a woman in a car. As punishment, Judge David Hostetler gave the boys two options, 60 days in jail or one hour of walking down through downtown Coshocton in dresses, wigs and makeup. The boys chose to dress like women.

As much as these weird punishment was to teach the boys to respect women, critics says that these boys could have alternatively used this moment to have fun, based on their character.

Forced Singlehood For 3 Years

24-year-old Steven Cranley was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend. After a medical examination, doctors declared him unable to deal with rejection, consequently causing Judge Rhys Morgan to order him to refrain from any intimate romantic relationship for 3 years.

Cranley seemed to be doing well until halfway through his sentence when he assaulted a female acquaintance. This time the judge decided to put him behind bars for 2 years.

As much as some of these sentences seem bizarre, you can tell that some of these judges had genuine intentions at heart. Sometimes, you can only understand the severity of an offense when you are subjected to almost similar conditions that you put your victims in.

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YesCarolina Builds Entrepreneurship Center in Charleston

YesCarolina, a nonprofit that trains South Carolina teachers to teach the principles of entrepreneurship to students, is raising funds to construct a $100,000 in Charleston to better serve the Lowcountry’s youth.

The concept for the building includes space for 4 classrooms for student and teacher instruction, 4 offices for YesCarolina personnel, 2 libraries with business/entrepreneurship related literature for teachers and students, and 150-seat auditorium, a conference room, and a board room.

The new center will be a site for after-school education programs, teacher training, mentor programs, and competitions.

Over the years, YesCarolina has gained a favorable reputation as a force for good among the state’s youth. One of their main programs is teacher training, a four-day course that equips South Carolina 6-12 grade teachers with the knowledge and experience to guide students in their quest to business success. The teacher training curriculum was created by Steve Mariotti, founder of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and winner of the Golden Lamp Award from the Association of Education Publishers. YesCarolina has trained over 825 teachers since 2004.

Teachers who participate in the program receive a certificate recognizing them as certified entrepreneurship teachers and earn up to 26 contact hours, which they put toward the renewal of their South Carolina teaching credential.

YesCarolina helps students who might otherwise never discover entrepreneurship. It focuses on experiential learning, giving students the knowledge, skills, and tools to become entrepreneurs and build their own successful businesses. The organization hopes that all the youth in the state can be exposed to the principles of entrepreneurship.

The nonprofit places special emphasis on rescuing struggling youth. Many of the students who participate in YesCarolina programs have struggled with math and English. Certified teachers help them their skills and interests and develop a business plan based on their passion.

Students interested in learning entrepreneurship can approach certified teachers, who receive textbooks, workbooks, lesson plans, and multimedia resources from YesCarolina. Interested students who engage in this study are then eligible to participate in YesCarolina-sponsored business plan competitions.

Students who progress beyond the classroom and state levels of the competition qualify for the national competition. Recently, a YesCarolina student won second place at the national level competition in Silicon Valley and went on to meet the President of the United States.

The top students from the county and state competitions are invited to a six-week mentorship program during which they learn important entrepreneurship principles like competitive advantage and building a pipeline. YesCarolina works hand-in-hand with real entrepreneurs in the area. Ultimately, the program helps the participating young men and women put their business plans into action and acquire seed money.

YesCarolina is making headway into the building of the entrepreneurship center. It’s partnered with to raise the $100,000 necessary to realize the project. So far, four donors have given a total of $25,000. Anonymous donors from MatchingFund pledge to give matching donations of up to $25,000 if the campaign meets its goals.




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Georgia Pacific Donates to the Kids in Need Foundation

In the United States, more than 16 million children live in poverty. A good education is essential for building a successful career and making it in life, but poverty-stricken students face many obstacles–including the lack of access to school supplies.

The Kids in Need Foundation (KINF) is striving to help students and their teachers in this department. It’s an organization dedicated to providing free school supplies for children who need the help. Thanks to donations from manufacturers and retailers, KINF has established “resource centers” across the nation. These are stores are stocked with learning supplies–everything from paper and pencils to backpacks and educational software.

The donated supplies never enter a warehouse. Instead, they go straight to the resource centers. Teachers who may pick up free supplies from resource centers work for prequalified schools at which at least 70 percent of the student body is eligible for the federal free and reduced lunch program.

KINF performs a very important work in low-income communities. Their website recounts experiences of students living in homeless shelters who developed trust in their teachers and began attending class regularly thanks to the learning supplies made available through the National Network of Resource Centers program.


Now, US Company Georgia Pacific is contributing to the cause.


Based out of Atlanta, GP is a major manufacturer of paper products. Their diverse set of products includes napkins, paper towels, tissue, printer paper, building products, and tissue. Although the Corporation’s name may not be so well known to the general public, its many famous brands include Brawny, Dixie, Angel Soft, and Quilted Northern.

On October 28, GP announced that it would be donating $365,000 to KINF, along with a large quantity of paper products. The cash and paper will be used to stock Resource Centers across the nation.

GP is helping fill a major void. One in five students is unable to afford basic school supplies as a result of family economic conditions. When students are unprepared for school, they’re less attentive. Many teachers are now spending as much as $500 dollars of their own money every year to help students in need.

The donation from GP will allow KINF to continue its work among schools. In 2014, the foundation provided over 4 million children with school supplies.

There have been many success stories related to KINF and its Resource Centers. In December of last year, KINF was in Arkansas providing backpacks full of school supplies to children in low-income neighborhoods.

Earlier that year, the foundation brought Christmas early to Mayflower Elementary School in Conway, Arkansas when it gave supplies to the student body of 426. This came after a tornado had ravaged the area and brought immense financial distress to many families.

Georgia Pacific and the Kids in Need Foundation are helping change the lives of millions of young people throughout the country. The recent donation will help students acquire confidence and move forward with hope toward a brighter future.

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Dannon and USDA Team Up to Provide Students with Yogurt

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently working on a proposal that would use current milk resources for school to provide students with fresh yogurt. The proposal has the support of Dannon, the largest yogurt maker in the world.

Currently, the USDA runs a commodity foods program under which the federal government uses its ability to buy in vast bulk quantities in order to help schools buy commodities like fruits, vegetables, and meats at reduced prices. This is in accordance with several federal school meal programs, like the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. With certain foods, the school districts send their commodities to manufacturers for processing. This would be the case with milk commodities should the proposal be approved.  

For the 2016-2017 school year, the USDA is considering including milk on its list of commodities available to school districts around the country. If the proposal is finalized, schools will be able to direct their share of milk to the making of Dannon yogurt. Under the program, Dannon would provide its products at a discount of up to 40 percent.

The USDA sees a number of potential benefits to this plan. The initiative would allow students to enjoy the nutritional benefits of dairy without the waste that accompanies regular milk. Unfortunately, a lot of kids throw regular milk away when offered to them in cartons. But they’ll gladly consume it if presented in a more attractive form, be it chocolate milk or yogurt.

Yogurt is a USDA-approved meat alternative. It’s a good source of calcium, vitamin D and potassium. Through its use in parfaits and smoothies, it serves as a great complement to fruits and grains. Presently, some 60 million pounds of yogurt are served in schools every year.

Basically, the system will work like a credit system. Districts would get access to specific milk “credits” according to their needs. They can either use this commodity allowance to purchase milk from their distributors, or they can dedicate it to yogurt-making, in which case they would buy the yogurt at a discount.

Dannon is naturally enthusiastic about the proposal, as it would mean more business for their company. Right now, Dannon leads the market in the United States and is looking for opportunities to continue expanding. Dannon, headquartered in New York, runs plants in Ohio, Utah, Texas, and Oregon. It already sells its products extensively to schools nationwide, but this proposal would permit a considerable expansion of its sales.

Under the program, schools would be able to purchase any of Dannon’s current yogurt products, such as traditional and Greek yogurt. Students would have a wide array of choices before them subject to the discretion of school administrators.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. There are details that remain to be ironed out, but the milk commodity proposal has the potential to go a long way in helping students obtain healthy food choices in a way that is financially bearable for schools.

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4 Public Interest Groups That Want To Make College Affordable For You

It’s a big topic these days – the rising cost of tuition, increasing mountains of student debt for graduates, and what students can do to make college more affordable. It’s often framed as battle that, despite the millions of students fighting the same thing, has to be undertaken alone. That’s not true, though. There are a number of groups out there fighting to make college affordable for all students. Here are a few of the heavy hitters:

Complete College America

CCA is a little different than some of the other groups looking to just decrease tuition or lobby for loan forgiveness. Their mission is focused around increasing the number of Americans with quality career certificates or college degrees, as well as closing the attainment gaps for traditionally underrepresented populations.

Rather than just working to bring the university experience within reach, they’re working on increasing the number of genuinely useful degrees and certificates. They focus on the state level, and advocated what they call “game changers” including performance funding, corequisite remediation, structured schedules, guided pathways to success, and incentives for enrolling full time.

The reforms CCA lobbies for don’t just make college cheaper, they help to encourage students to learn and pursue career skills that will carry them forward, making them more financially viable after graduation, as well, and helping to mitigate the long term impacts of debt.

The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education

This group works at the national level to conduct research and disseminate information that makes higher education more collectively accessible. They conduct independent research and analyses of policy issues at state and national levels regarding opportunity and achievement in higher education.

They don’t just sit on that information, though. The group works to proactively communicate performance results and key findings to the public, civic and higher education leaders, and to officials in place to improve public policy regarding higher education.

The National Center works to assist individuals and groups in places to make significant change regarding higher education policy by providing them with independent, non-partisan information. They let the facts speak for themselves, which is often a powerful tool.

Student Loan Justice

Student Loan Justice is a grassroots citizen organization out to return consumer protection to student loans. The inspiration behind the Student Borrower Bill of Rights, their media outreach specifically focuses on private lenders such as Sallie Mae, claiming that they’ve enriched themselves at the expense of students and taxpayers and highlighting the problems caused by defaulting on a loan – how hardship after trying to do something to better one’s self actually put them in a much worse situation.

The organization allows students’ own experience to speak, and often the stories they tell are powerful and compelling means of encouraging change.

The Institute For College Access and Success

The Institute For College Access and Success is at the helm of the Project on Student Debt, which works to provide the latest news and information on student debt and financial aid policy, as well as to empower borrowers with stories, commentary, analysis, and forums to gain information and advice regarding student debt.

The Project bridges the gap between advocating for policy change and assisting students in managing the loans they already have by directing them to resources already in place. It’s a powerful tool for help for many students already burdened with debt, and it’s working to make sure future students don’t have to face that same challenge.


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