UT judge's ponytail-cutting punishment criticized

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Associated Press

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 25 at 1:31 AM

PRICE, Utah (AP) — A Utah woman has filed a formal complaint against a juvenile court judge who told her that he would reduce her 13-year-old daughter's sentence if she would cut off the girl's ponytail in court.

Valerie Bruno of Price filed the complaint against 7th District Juvenile Judge Scott Johansen with the Utah Judicial Conduct Commission.

Her daughter 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.

Last month, Johansen ordered Bruno's daughter to serve 30 days in detention and perform 276 hours of community service.

But he offered to take 150 hours of community service off the sentence if Bruno cut her daughter's ponytail in court, which she did.

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