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Judge hands down creative punishment to deer poacher

April 22, 2019 - 4:00 am
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By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A Missouri man was convicted of poaching gets handed a unique punishment, but is it legal? 

Instead of abiding by the deer hunting limit of bagging one deer per day during deer season, he and his group were convicted of killing hundreds of deer over a three year period. 

In addition to imposing a one-year jail sentence, the judge also sentenced him to watch the movie “Bambi” once a month during that year, for the purpose of making him think about what he did.

This raises the questions, like, watching it once might make him think.

Making him watch it once a month might make him think about killing Walt Disney, no? Also, is this punishment legal? You can send him to jail, but can you force him to watch Bambi?

Well you can’t tape his eyes open, but you can probably sit him in front of the screen.

Judges have discretion to impose sentences that may include jail time, community service, fines, and even public shaming like making a defendant wear a placard provided it’s not meant to humiliate but rather to deter future bad behavior.

And while any parent who’s watched a kid’s movie a dozen times will tell you, it’s not fun but not really cruel and unusual punishment, so it’s legal. That’ll teach him.