Texas Judge Punishes A Houston Drunk Driver With Humiliation - Did It Go Too Far?
For the next four Saturdays Michael Giacona, the convicted driver, must visit the site where the June 2011 car crash occurred. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, he must wear a sign that says he killed Aaron Pennywell in a drunk driving incident.
The judge is also forcing Giacona to keep a picture of the wreckage in his living room.
A probation officer will be making random home visits to be sure that he has the picture, and will also be visiting the crash site during the times Giacona should be there.
IS THE PUNISHMENT TOO HARSH?
A spokesperson from Mother Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is in favor of the idea, especially since it is Giacona’s second DWI.
However, there are a few critics that disagree with the judge’s punishment saying it is barbaric and is reminiscent of the Scarlet Letter.
There have been studies to show whether public humiliation proves progress in a person’s actions. It is unclear the results and mostly is up in debate.
But what we do know for sure is that drunk driving is a deadly killer and is most common in young people. If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, you have legal rights to damages!
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