Pie For Stockades, Cake For Courtrooms

A judge recently threw a little party to celebrate the capture and sentencing of a man (convicted of previous crimes) who had failed to show up to his trial for choking his girlfriend (aggravated assault), and who was convicted in absentia. But at least one person objected to the lightheartedness.

"The whole purpose of it was to mock him, to make him feel bad. I guess she could have put him in the stockade, in the pillory, in front of the town square and let people mock him," Willing said.
Oh, yeah, the stockade. That would be just terrible. People might throw rotten eggs and soggy vegetables...that'd be jes' terrible.