20 of the Most Ridiculous Court Sentences Ever

It’s not every day that you hear of someone being sentenced to walk off a crime, or sit in a dirty room for six months to atone publicly for what they’ve done. There aren’t many judges out there who are interested in being creative with their punishments, but some believe that tailoring the punishment to the crime is the only way to prevent recidivism. Here are a few of the most ridiculous sentences ever handed down in a court of law:

Marriage or Jail

When Josten Bundy wound up in court on charges of assault, he never imagined that the judge would sentence him to get married. But that’s exactly what Judge Randall Rogers did — he ordered Bundy to marry his girlfriend within thirty days, or go to jail. Judge Rogers believed it was a just punishment, since Bundy had assaulted his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend over a perceived insult to her, and wanted Bundy to prove that he thought his girlfriend was worth the risk.

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8 Hours in the County Dump

When a woman was charged with neglect after continually leaving her dog in filth, Judge Michael A. Cicconetti believed that the only way to ensure that she would never do it again would be to subject her to a similar fate. He sentenced the woman to eight hours in the smelliest corner of the county dump, confident that after she had gone through a similar experience, she would treat her dog much better in the future.

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Ihor Bondarenko / Shutterstock.com

Barney Teaches Noise Polluters Their Lesson

Judge Paul Sacco has a tried-and-true method for punishing noise polluters that show up in his court room again and again. Instead of handing out monetary fines, he forces repeat offenders to listen to music that they don’t like (usually a mix of Barney and Barry Manilow) for an hour.

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