July 5, 1997 in Nation/World

Shoplifter Ordered To Sing For Judge

Compiled From Wire Services

Ana Cristina Leandro dos Santos is no stool pigeon. But she must sing for a judge for the next year.

The 22-year-old woman was caught stealing shampoo, talcum powder and perfume from a shop in Recife in northeastern Brazil and could have been sentenced to four years in prison for the crime.

But Judge Jose Caubi Arraes decided to take a novel approach in Thursday’s sentencing: The highschool dropout must sing the national anthem for him for a year, write down the song’s words once a week and complete high school.

“Sending her to jail would have not done her or society any good, so instead I opted for an alternative sentence,” Arraes said Friday.

Arraes said he also has ordered petty thieves to clean cemeteries, wash bodies in a city morgue and pray while washing church floors.

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