Me for You

When Jacqueline Nash, 24, pleaded guilty to possessing an unregistered handgun in East Cleveland, Judge James De Vinne was ready to sentence her to three days in jail. Suddenly her fiancé approached the bench. He was to blame, said Roderick Hinson. They had quarreled, and it was his pistol that she had been brandishing in the street. Well, said the judge, would Hinson be willing to serve the sentence for her? Yes, said Hinson, and after kissing and making up with Miss Nash, he went cheerfully off to jail.

"An unfortunate precedent," tuttutted a Cleveland Plain Dealer editorial. Judge De Vinne admitted...

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