The Law: Creative Punishment

In Miami Criminal Court, a 20-year-old white Floridian had been found guilty of taking potshots at the home of an interracial couple, and faced 20 years behind bars for shooting into an occupied dwelling and carrying a concealed weapon. But Judge Alfonso Sepe had other ideas. No one had been hurt in the shooting, and the youth had no criminal record. So, after consulting the victims, Sepe decided on probation rather than prison—provided that the young man would attend Saturday morning breakfasts in a predominantly black church and also do volunteer work for a black charity. "You're going to find out,"...

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