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Judge Makes Fashion Statement With Sentencing

(The Toledo Blade/Fraser)
Mike Mann, bailiff and probation officer for the Western District Court, shows off a shirt offenders must wear.

WAUSEON, Ohio (CBS/AP) I went to court and all I got was this lousy T-shirt.

That's the complaint from some offenders crossing paths with a northwest Ohio judge, who's ordering neon green T-shirts and adding them to his sentencing repertoire.

The shirts say "I'm a thief" and the judge is requiring certain convicts to wear them while they perform court-ordered community service.

Western District Court Judge Jeff Robinson in Fulton County says that very public punishment can act as a deterrent.

The Toledo Blade reports he's mostly ordered the shirts for convicted shoplifters. At least one defendant wanted to pay a stiffer fine instead.
  • Ryan Smith

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