Domestic violence is a serious issue that people are not taking lightly in today's world. For good reason -- it's a major problem among couples that often goes unreported. However, when there is a report you expect law enforcement to act according with the proper punishments.
Maui Second Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo has ordered 30-year-old Daren Young to write 144 nice things about his ex-girlfriend after he violated her protection order that was spurred for a domestic dispute. Big yikes.
The woman sought a protection order after the two separated, which was issued Feb. 22, but two months later, Young called and texted her 144 times within a three-hour period, police said. It's a typical behavior for the spurned to attempt to 'reconcile' in these situations and probably one of the biggest factors to why reports don't happen.
Young was accused of saying “nasty things” in calls and text messages to the woman. Now, he has to write one "nice thing" for every "nasty thing" he sent her. A creative slant on the violation but likely to have little effect.
"For every nasty thing you said about her, you're going to say a nice thing," Loo told Young. "No repeating words."
"I don't know whether I should cut off your fingers or take away your phone to get you to stop texting," the judge continued. "You probably shouldn't get a phone, period. I hope she changed her number. It's so childish to think a grown man can be so thumb-happy."
On top of that, Young was also sentenced to two years’ probation, 200 hours of community service, and a $2,400 fine. Prior to sentencing, Young had served 157 days in jail.
Social media had mixed feelings about the decision.
This is judicial domestic violence: the judge can't force some1 2b "nice" &in abusive relationship, this will INCREASE violence to her!!— Anne Leary Skenzich (@silyrabbt) November 1, 2017
Now that’s fixing the problem. Kudos judge!— Ajay Kaul (@ajaykaul10) November 2, 2017
More proof our justice system is a joke.— Sean (@SeanREvers) November 1, 2017
A man violates an order of protection by obsessing and texting a woman.— RightInTheMain (@RightInTheMain) November 1, 2017
So a judge tells him to write 144 nice things about her.
So he can spend 2 days thinking about her best qualities? Yeah good idea.
How about 144 things you won't be able to do in prison?
What do you think of this punishment?