Judges are supposed to ensure that the punishment fits the crime, but Michael A. Cicconetti of Lake County, Ohio, likes to take that duty literally by ordering creative penalties.
Recently, 18-year-old Victoria Bascom took a cab for 30 miles and didn’t pay for the ride. During sentencing, Cicconetti ordered Bascom to compensate the cab driver with $100 in restitution and offered her a choice: 30 days in prison or walking the length of the cab ride she took.
“What would you do if you didn’t have a cab?” Cicconetti asked.
“Walk,” Bascom said.
“So I think it’s only appropriate that you walk 30 miles,” Cicconetti said.
Over the course of 48 hours, Bascom must walk 30 miles, which will be tracked by GPS.
The judge suggested she take her lengthy stroll at the Lake County Fairgrounds. “The only thing you’ll have to watch out for there are the horses,” he said.
Bascom began her 40 laps around the 3/4-mile area today.
“It’s going to get boring, and you don’t want to go to jail, either,” Cicconetti said. "That will teach you a lesson the next time you take a cab home."
Bascom has also been ordered to complete three days of community service and will be on probation for four months.