Georgia is most definitely not the place you want to run afoul of the law (as previously noted here and here). Authorities in the Peach State are about as soft on crime as sandpaper on a baby’s tokhes. Just ask Craig Breuwet, as reported here in the Macon Telegraph:
A 33-year-old Warner Robins man wearing a large sign board proclaiming “I AM A LIAR” marched up and down busy Watson Boulevard on Wednesday in lieu of facing trial for filing a false police report.
Craig Breuwet also confessed that the court-sanctioned experience was humiliating.
Breuwet’s punishment stems from his reporting falsely to police that he had been kidnapped by two men in a Warner Robins parking lot, driven to Macon and beaten up.
Breuwet must publicly display the “I AM A LIAR” sign for 10 hours to meet the condition of a pre-trial diversion that allows for dismissal of charges of making a false report of a crime and making false statements to police, Houston County District Attorney Kelly Burke said Wednesday. [full text]
However shaming the punishment, it’s certainly creative. Perhaps when the U.S. Congress reconvenes in January, the long-suffering Democrats who now possess majority control might consider sanctioning President Bush for his many lies about the war in Iraq and then punishing him like Craig Breuwet. Wouldn’t that be a lovely sign to the rest of the world that deceit in the seat of government is not taken lightly here?