Tough Choices

I dunno:

Friends and family of an Appleton woman convicted of theft can pack away their Cheeseheads for the year.

By shedding the green and gold, Sharon E. Rosenthal will avoid donning an orange jumpsuit.

Rosenthal, 49, made a decision that might make many Green Bay Packers fans shiver after Judge Scott Woldt gave her the choice Friday between donating a year of her familys season tickets and serving 90 days in jail.

She is going to give up the Packer tickets, defense attorney Kevin Musolf said Wednesday. They dont have them yet, but when they get them, arrangements will be made.

Rosenthal, treasurer of the Town of Menasha Local 1035E AFSCME employee union from 1999 to January 2004, was convicted of theft in Winnebago County Circuit Court after she allegedly forged the union presidents signature on numerous checks, diverting nearly $3,500 in union funds for personal use.

She appeared for sentencing Friday.

Rosenthal took the money to pay personal bills and later reimbursed the account from her husbands retirement fund, the complaint states.

My first thought was not “Give away the tickets immediately.” As a die-hard Steelers fan, my first two thoughts were “Are we talking prison or county jail?” and “I wonder if I can get off from work for three months?”

5 replies
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    Halffasthero says:

    Glad to be the first to post on this. As a Vikings fan, I would have taken a perverse delight being that judge and making it a condition of her sentence. : )

    I guess it would be a very real and painful punishment for her. Packer fans are very dedicated (rabid). My Packer-fan friends that would consider a 1-15 Vikings season a near-perfect season would certainly have a hard time with this judgement. That could either be considered a very fair sentence in Minnesota but cruel and unusual in Wisconsin. Their Supreme Court would probably ovcerturn it for that reason!

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    To be fair, she only gave up her husband’s tickets, and it was for only one year. If they get them back the following season, it’s a punishment, but not an eternal punishment.

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    Halffasthero says:

    Perhaps the fact that her husband will now be with her at home Sundays during the football season and not at the game is the punishment. : )

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    Dr. Weevil says:

    I’m trying to figure out how this can be constitutional. Everyone worries about whether the death penalty violates the first half of “cruel and unusual”, but no one seems to worry about the second half. Tailoring the punishment to fit the particular criminal seems obviously wrong to me.

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    SilverRook2000 says: Chicago foregoing a season watchint the Bears would be considered therapy not fact making someone watch them would be much more painful…

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