Judge Kevin Fine Jumps On Ted Poe's "Shame Sentencing" Bandwagon

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Judge Kevin Fine, the former cocaine addict who startled the Texas judicial world by declaring the state's death penalty unconstitutional, is turning now to more traditional Harris County judging -- he's using "shame-based" sentencing.

Fine sentenced Eloise Guerrrero Mireles, 38, to 10 years probation for stealing more than $265,000 from the District Attorney's crime-victims fund.

She'll have to pay restitution, but she'll have to do a bit more, too.

As the DAs office put it:

Judge Kevin Fine of the 177th District Court also imposed some unusual conditions on her sentence, including requiring her to stand in a high-traffic intersection of Houston with a sign indicating that she is a thief. He also demanded that a sign be placed in Mireles' yard that states convicted thieves live there.

Oh, that'll teach her. Although standing in a high-traffic intersection, as opposed to near one, sounds dangerous. She shoulda thought about that before she stole!!!

Hey, Ted Poe was able to ride this kind of stuff to the Congress. So who knows what Fine might do with it? Of course, he'll have to avoid missteps like when he questioned whether a woman was really "raped" because she was on top during the sex act.

DA Patricia Lykos praised the Mireles' conviction but did not exactly endorse the strange sentence.

"Eloise Mireles betrayed victims, betrayed public trust, and betrayed our office. I want people to know that we will not tolerate this behavior in Harris County and we will continue to vigorously prosecute offenders. Ultimately, the sentencing decision came down to the judge," Lykos said.

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