People: Dec. 7, 1962

In most California cities the punishment for driving with an expired license is $2. But Patricia Lawford, 38, wife of Actor Peter and sister of President Kennedy, was nabbed after a minor accident in Santa Monica, where Judge W. Blair Gibbens, 63, has his own ideas about sentencing traffic violators. Pleading guilty to driving with a three-month-outdated license—"Too long a time to be an oversight," said the judge—Pat solemnly accepted her bizarre sentence. Some time in the next 30 days she must visit the city's auto graveyard where the crumpled wrecks, some still...

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