Law: Jail Week Ends

During the first week Judge Jacob Gitelman sat on Rochester, N. Y.'s City Court bench in 1934, he laid down the rule that every drunken driver was going to jail. Because one truck driver pleaded that a straight jail sentence would cost him his job, thereby taking away support from a wife and six children, Judge Gitelman sentenced the offender to spend six Sundays in the Monroe County Penitentiary. Legality of Judge Gitelman's experiment was questioned, however, because Section 2188 of New York Law says "once a sentence starts it must not be...

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