Friday, July 11, 2008

Well, there was a backbone after all

Following the continuing saga of Mount Clemens High School students, see here for my previous post. It turns out that 41-B District Court Judge Sebastian Lucido has a backbone and here is what 18 of those kids get to write about in their "What I did on my summer vacation" essay: (Detroit News article)

  • yearlong, non-reporting probation for the defendants. (lame)
  • Each of the teens will have to pay a fine of $290 for the charge of breaking and entering. (good)
  • Each must pay a $290 fine for destruction of property. (good)
  • Defendants who were represented by court-appointed attorneys must reimburse the court $175 to cover those costs. (good)
  • Each must perform 30 hours of community service by Sept. 1. (lame)
  • Each is under a 10 p.m. curfew. They may be allowed to stay out of their homes beyond the curfew only for work and school. (good, but doubt if this will be enforced)
  • The teens must pay restitution to the school district; the cost will be divided among the group. The vandals caused more than $4,000 in damage. (good)
So, get out your checkbooks, because you are on the hook for $977.22.

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