A Judge Whose Ideas Nearly Got Him Killed: Howard Broadman

HOWARD BROADMAN works in a small California town, but his innovative sentences have made him one of the most controversial jurists in the nation

Q. In just three years on the superior-court bench here in Visalia ((a town of 80,000 situated 181 miles north of Los Angeles)), you've got into a lot of trouble because of your so-called creative sentencing. You've made defendants quit smoking, attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings or see a psychiatrist as conditions of probation. You ordered a thief to wear a T shirt proclaiming he was on probation. You told a man who beat his ex-wife to leave town. You sentenced a man who assaulted someone to donate his car to a shelter for battered women. Isn't this eye-for-an-eye justice?

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