Panel Says No To Donations In Lieu Of Fines

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Cleveland (AP) -- An Ohio Supreme Court panel is frowning on having guilty defendants donate nutritional drinks for Aids patients instead of paying fines.

The sentencing idea was proposed by two board members of the Aids Task Force of Greater Cleveland. They said people with Aids need high-calorie drinks such as boost and ensure but often can't afford them.

Before ordering anyone to make the contributions, Cleveland Municipal Judge Joseph Zone checked with Supreme Court's Board of Commission on grievances and discipline. Staffers recommended against the plan, based on opinions from other states.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Joan Synenberg already imposed the sentences in a few cases. The judge, who's also an aids task force board member, says she won't do it again.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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