A 19 year old “man” was given a hefty sentence after he slept with an underaged girl who lied about her age. Although the girl and her mother showed up at court and took responsibility for the incident, the judge handed out a hefty sentence. The judge was upset by the “hookup culture,” and apparently this played a role in the sentence:
Zach Anderson is 19 and a typical teenager. He’s into computers and wants to build a career around his love for electronics.
But those plans and any semblance of a normal life are for now out the window. Under court order, he can’t access the Internet, go to a mall or linger near a school or playground. His parents say because he has a 15-year-old brother, he can’t even live at home any longer.
Judge Wiley has been noted in multiple news stories to hand out nonsensical and over-the-top sentences.
Dennis Wiley, a district court judge in Berrien County in southwest Michigan, was publicly censured in 2012 after he found a woman in contempt and threw her in jail for 10 days because she muttered a profanity in the clerk’s office while trying to take care of traffic tickets.
That ten days included Christmas.
Curtis Pedzinski, a 21-year-old native of St. Joseph, Michiga, was sentenced by Wiley to between 14 months and 2 years in prison for “unlawful use of a motor vehicle,” or joyriding. Years earlier, Pedzinski had been convicted of breaking and entering. Wiley’s sentence was significantly more severe than what state guidelines called; Wiley justified it by claiming that proper weight had not been given to Pedzinski’s past.
And there was also the reverend that Judge Wiley thought had to be punished severely because of his “direct line” with God:
Reverend gave him a “direct line to the Lord” and that a reasonable person would find this to be a serious threat.
Judge Wiley seems to be more interested in getting off on harsh sentences than justice.