Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Oh Boy! Humiliation or humility?

Yesterday Boy George was threatened with jail by a New York judge for not completing the community service requirement because he didn't want to sweep the streets. Criminal Court Judge Anthony Ferrara gave George until August 28 to complete the five days of community service, which was imposed in March when he plea bargained for falsely reporting a burglary, escaping more serious charges of drug possession.

Earlier this month George's lawyer argued that wanted to do something for an AIDS charity instead. It would be humilating for him to be sweeping the streets of New York City because "it would turn into a media circus."

The judge, insisting that George would be treated no differently than any other offender, said: "This is a simple matter. Five days of community service. It's up to you as to whether it will be an exercise in humiliation or an exercise in humility. Your choice." He then threatened George with jail time if that community service requirement was not done.


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