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Judicial CP - September 1963


The New York Times, 20 September 1963

Parents Whip 5 Youths At Judge's Suggestion

Press cuttingRICHMOND, Va., Sept. 19 (AP) -- Five teen-age boys, charged with breaking and entering and vandalism, received whippings from their parents yesterday at a judge's suggestion.

One at a time the boys bent over a radiator in a cell block at the county jail while the three fathers and two mothers swung belts.

County Juvenile Judge S.T. Binns Jr. suggested about 20 strokes each for the boys, aged 15 to 18, as an alternative to a correctional-school sentence.

"The boys whose fathers weren't there were lucky," said a policeman who had witnessed the whippings. "But I doubt if any of those boys will be sitting down for a while."

San Francisco News Call Bulletin, 20 September 1963

Won't Spare the Strap

Judge BinnsAn old-fashioned administrator of justice is Juvenile Judge S.T. Binns Jr. (above), of Richmond, Va. When a group of teen-age boys appeared before him on charges of having taken part in a series of break-ins and vandalism, Judge Binns strongly hinted to the lads' parents that taking them, figuratively, to the woodshed with an old-fashioned strap might further the ends of justice as well as a corrective sentence.

Three fathers and two mothers later reported to the court that each of the boys had received 20 stout strokes of a belt while bent over a radiator.

Up to now, at least, none of the boys has been reported in any further trouble.

-- Associated Press Wirephoto

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