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Man, woman get public punishment

GADSDEN (AP) — A man and woman who were convicted in Gadsden City Court opted for a public punishment, walking outside City Hall wearing bright pink T-shirts imprinted with their charges.

Cedric Jones, convicted of public intoxication, and Lashonda Miller, convicted of theft, took the alternative punishment Tuesday.

Municipal Judge Mary Simmons said she had talked with Attalla Municipal Judge Kenneth Robertson and other judges about using the public display as an alternative in sentencing before Robertson used similar punishment for shoplifters at Wal-Mart in April.

“It’s an alternative to jail time,” she said. “With each case, we try to look at the best option.

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