Woman refuses sentence writing sentence

May 26, 2010 at 5:10 PM
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ELLENWOOD, Ga., May 26 (UPI) -- A Georgia woman ordered to write "I will not dishonor myself by passing a school bus" 2,500 times has asked for a jury trial rather than accept the sentence.

Nancy Nguyen, 19, of Ellenwood, was ordered by a Forest Park judge to write the sentence as well as perform community service, pass a defensive driving course and pay a $350 fine after the judge found her responsible for passing a stopped school bus in March, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday.

Nguyen said she will not copy the sentence 2,500 times because she passed the bus accidentally when two tractor-trailers blocked her view.

"I'm not going to demean myself and be demeaned by other people," Nguyen said.

The town solicitor for Forest Park said the writing sentence is common for drivers under the age of 21 who pass by stopped school buses.

Officials said the case has been transferred to state court.

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