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Mom files complaint over judge’s ponytail penalty

PRICE — Valerie Bruno said she has filed a formal complaint against 7th District Juvenile Judge Scott Johansen who said he would reduce her 13-year-old daughter’s sentence if she chopped off the girl’s ponytail in court.

The teen and an 11-year-old friend were referred to juvenile court for cutting off the hair of a 3-year-old girl with scissors in March and for harassing another girl in Colorado by telephone.

When the 13-year-old faced Judge Johansen in May, he ordered 30 days in detention and 276 hours of community service, but he also offered to take 150 hours of community service off the sentence if her mother cut her ponytail in his courtroom - an offer the mom now says she wishes she hadn’t accepted.


Lawyer: Zimmerman is no threat, should be released

ORLANDO — The jailed neighborhood-watch volunteer charged with killing Trayvon Martin poses no threat to the community and should be released a second time on bail, his attorney said in a court motion released Monday.

George Zimmerman’s attorney asked that Mr. Zimmerman be granted bond for a second time as he awaits a second-degree murder charge in 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s shooting death during a confrontation in February in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. His attorney says Mr. Zimmerman isn’t a flight risk and stayed in touch with law enforcement during his initial release on bail.

A judge will consider the request at a second bond hearing Friday.

From wire dispatches and staff reports