On his 20th birthday, comedian Bill Murray joked about having two bombs in his luggage but instead was caught smuggling ten pounds of marijuana. He was convicted and sentenced to probation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
US rapper Jay-Z stabbed record producer Lance Riviera in a Berlin nightclub in 1999 and was sentenced to 3 years' probation for second-degree felony assault. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
The drunk driver who crossed the median and ran head on into Sam Kinison's car, killing the comedian and injuring his wife, was sentenced to one year probation and 300 hours of community service. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Today I learned of plans for a Gregg Allman biopic but was cancelled after one day of filming. While on a railroad trestle bridge illegally, a train struck several crew members, killing one. The director plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to two years in prison and eight years probation. ajc.com/entertainment/why…
According to one analysis of military veterans in the Uk, 50,000 are coping with mental health conditions, 10,000 are in prison, on parole or on probation and 6,000 have no permanent address. inews.co.uk/news/uk/armed…
A substitute teacher in Ohio was convicted of four felony counts and sentenced to 90 days in jail along with 3 years of probation, for showing a high school Spanish class the 2012 horror film β€œThe ABCs of Death”. theguardian.com/film/2015…
In Texas a jury can give the final sentence for murder instead of a judge. As a result, Texas has "misdemeanor murders" where a convicted murderer gets a light sentence like probation because the defense convinced the jury that the victim deserved it. dallasnews.com/news/inves…
After sentencing veteran Green Beret to a night in jail for violating his probation, same judge who is also a vet learned what he was going through after reading his paperwork stayed overnight in the cell with him to be there for him people.com/celebrity/nort…
Cee Lo Green went on a date and spiked his date with ecstasy pills. She woke up naked in his bed with no memory of the night before. Cee Lo Green pleaded no contest and was given 3 yrs. Probation and community service. www-spin-com.cdn.ampproje…
When Bill Murray was 20 years old he was caught smuggling 10 pounds of Marijuana at a Chicago Airport which he told police he intended to sell. He recieved probation. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/B…
In 1999, 47 black residents of a Texas town were arrested on drug charges solely on the uncorroborated word of one undercover agent who was a member of the KKK. Many were sentenced to long prison terms; some served years before release. For doing this, the officer got 10 years probation. law.northwestern.edu/lega…
The person who stabbed Monica Seles in a match in Hamburg was never jailed and only got a probation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Singer Chris Brown appeared in court in 2012 with his lawyer regarding his probation after assaulting Rihanna. Brown attempted to address the court but was interrupted by his lawyer, who said "I don't dance; you don't talk." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
In 1982,a Chinese American man named Vincent Chin was beaten to death by Chrysler plant superintendent Ronald Ebens and his stepson, Michael Nit because they were out of work due to competition from Japanese auto-makers. In the end, they were sentenced to three years probation and a $3000 fine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
During Mike Tyson's rape trial, he was offered a 6 month probation to plead guilty. His response: "I'd spend the rest of my life in jail, I'm not pleading guilty to something I didn't do." The woman who accused him has had one prior history of false rape accusation. youtube.com/watch?v=eLqrY…
Viva La Bam star Don Vito is a convicted sex offender and is serving 10 years intensive supervised probation, for sexually assaulting two 12 year old girls. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
Valve worked with the FBI to set a trap for the German hacker who stole the Half-life 2 source code, offering him a fake job. He was "saved" when German police arrested him instead, only serving 2 years probation arstechnica.com/gaming/20…
A man was only sentenced to five years probation for killing the man who kidnapped and molested his 11-year old son. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
Phill Lewis, Mr. Moseby from The Sweet Life Of Zack and Cody, was convicted of manslaughter in 1991 for killing a woman while driving drunk. He was three times the legal limit. His sentence was a year in jail, two years of probation and 350 hours of community service. articles.orlandosentinel.…
Doc McGhee, long time manager of Bon Jovi and other popular bands, was convicted of trafficking 40,000 lbs of Marijuana. After Jon Bon Jovi penned a hand written letter to the judge, McGhee only received probation. radaronline.com/exclusive…
Today I learned of Vincent Chin, a Chinese Man beaten to death in 1982 with a baseball bat by two laid off auto-workers who blamed him for losing their jobs because Japanese cars started becoming popular. The men received initial sentences of 3 years probation and no jail time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Two students were arrested in 1972 for a plan to poison Chicago's water supply with typhoid, anthrax, and various other pathogens. Released on bond, they hijacked a plane and forced it to go to Cuba; one died in prison and the other eventually made it home, getting five years of probation. chicagoreader.com/Bleader…
Archibald McCafferty, Australian serial killer who murdered four people, including a fellow prisoner, was paroled in 1997, after serving 23 years, and deported to Scotland. In 1998, he threatened to kill two police officers who pulled him over for drunk driving, and received probation. murderpedia.org/male.M/m/…
In 1984, Gary Plauche shot and killed his son's kidnapper in front of a news television crew in an airport upon his arrival from California for trial and received only 5 years of probation and no jail time. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/G…
In 2001 rapper Da Brat was given probation for hitting a woman with a rum bottle, and 6 years later sent to prison for hitting a woman with a rum bottle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Da_…
In 1991 Canada's Prince of Pot Marc Emery was given one year probation for selling copies of 2 Live Crew's rap CD As Nasty As They Wanna Be which had been deemed obscene and banned in Ontario, CANADA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Gary Plauche shot and killed the man that abducted and sexually assaulted his son. Plauche received 5 years probation and no jail time, pleading guilty to manslaughter. youtube.com/watch?v=QZNfZ…
Today I learned of the Swiss Cheese Pervert, a Philadelphia man who would drive up women, ask if they'd like to get paid to watch him rub cheese on his genitals, then place cheese on his exposed crotch. He was sentenced to eight years probation. nbcphiladelphia.com/news/…
In 1996 Fort Lauderdale, Florida resident Jackie Stern was convicted of wearing a Congressional Medal of Honor to which he was not entitled. A federal judge sentenced him to serve one year of probation and to write a letter of apology to each of the then-living 171 recipients of the medal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Med…
In 2010, an intoxicated Rip Torn broke into a bank while carrying a firearm without a permit and got 3 years probation. nypost.com/2010/01/30/act…
The "North Pond Hermit" lived for 27 years without human contact, hiding out in the woods of Maine. He survived by creeping into homes at night and stealing food. He was arrested in 2013 and is serving 3 years probation. gq.com/story/the-last-tru…
Jay-Z allegedly stabbed a record executive in 1999 and received 3 years probation. thesmokinggun.com/mugshot…
In 1997 Dustin Camp, a star high school football player in Texas, ran down teenage punk musician Brian Deneke in his car and killed him, shouting "I bet he liked that one!" At the trial the defense smeared Deneke's reputation and attacked his character, and his murderer got probation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
Ethan Couch KILLED 4 people and Paralyzed one, but due to his families wealth and privileges and irresponsibility, he was sentenced to ten years PROBATION by Judge Jean Boyd. cnn.com/2013/12/11/us/tex…
Viva la Bam's uncle Don Vito is a sex offender and on probation for 10 years. mtv.com/news/articles/157…
Two college graduates traveled the US vandalizing historical and private signs as "grammar vigilantes". After damaging a sign in the Grand Canyon that was more than 60 years old, the two were banned from National Parks for a year, given probation, and made to pay for the restorations. azcentral.com/news/articl…
The guy who killed famous comedian Sam Kinison in an auto accident while intoxicated was only given 1-year probation, 300 hours community service and his license was suspended for 2 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
There was a man named Gary Plauche who shot and killed his son's karate instructor Jeff Doucet after Doucet was arrested for sexually assaulting Plauche's son. Plauche received 5 years probation and no jail time. articles.latimes.com/1985…
Gary Plauche received five years probation for killing his son's abductor, Jeff Doucet, with a gunshot to the head in full view of police officers at an airport and on film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
In 2003, an 86 y/o man drove through a crowded market in Santa Monica, killing 10 people. He claimed he accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake. He was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter but got probation, as the judge said it would burden taxpayers to jail him at his age. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Investigators found 159 tubs of undelivered mail at a postal worker's house in 2010. After 20 years at USPS, he was caught when his coworkers found his mail load in recycling bins, and his punishment was community service and probation. seattlepi.com/local/artic…
A British teenager faced probation after he took part in a demonstration against the Church of Scientology and claiming that it was a 'cult', with police confiscating his 'cult' placard. theguardian.com/uk/2008/m…
Troy Pierson who killed Sam Kinison due to drink driving. Was sentenced to a year of probation, his license was suspended two years, and he was ordered to serve 300 hours of community service variety.com/1993/music/ne…
A group of amateurs actually broke into NORAD's nuclear computer system in the 1980s after getting the idea from the movie Wargames. There weren't any "hacking" laws so the worse charge was probation and a fine. cnn.com/2015/03/11/tech/c…
Perhaps Princeton's most famous "alum", F. Scott. Fitzgerald played football for the Tigers...for one day before getting cut. Then, he was placed on academic probation because he spent so much time writing his first novel...which got rejected. So, he dropped out and joined the Army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F._…
Judge Greg Mathis (of "Judge Mathis" fame) was convicted of a concealed weapons violation when he was 17. Rather than being sent to jail the judge gave him probation on the condition that he complete his G.E.D. within six months. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Today I learned of a notorious 1959 "social guidance film" called "Boys Beware" which warns young boys about homosexual predators. In it, one victim, "Jimmy," is put on probation after reporting he'd been taken to a hotel and presumably molested. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boy…
After Eagles singer Don Henley was found with a naked 16 year old prostitute who overdosed on quaaludes and cocaine, he was given only a $2500 fine and 2 years probation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Singer Chris Brown appeared in court in 2012 with his lawyer regarding his probation after assaulting Rihanna. Brown attempted to address the court but was interrupted by his lawyer, who said "I don't dance; you don't talk." youtube.com/watch?v=FF_6T…
In 1984 Marvin Gaye was shot twice in the chest and killed instantly by his father, who only received 5 years probation. imdb.com/name/nm0310848/b…

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