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Ohio bigot spends a Sunday with Jehovah's Witnesses

Earlier on the Blend I posted about the highly questionable alternative sentence given to a dumb*ss drunk in Ohio who threw punches and screamed racial slurs at a black cab drive and his wife. The judge, who is black, said Brett Haines could go to jail or attend a black church — to give him “cultural awareness.” Haines decided to go to church. (

Haines did not disclose the church he attended but said it was a Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation in Cincinnati. He showed the judge a piece of paper signed by the minister to prove he attended.

His lawyer, Dennis Deters, said Haines enjoyed the experience and would likely return to the same church this weekend and, possibly, for the remaining Sundays of his sentence. Haines did not return a phone call seeking comment.

As I and others said in the comments of the prior post, extensive community service in the black community would have been a more appropriate alternative sentence for this guy, along with some anger management and substance abuse counseling.

Hat tip Holly.

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