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Crime and punishment

Ohio man ordered to hold 'I am a bully' sign on street corner for 5 hours


An Ohio judge ordered 62-year-old Edmond Aviv to sit on a street corner Sunday with a sign exclaiming "I AM A BULLY!" as punishment for harassing a neighbor and her disabled children for the past 15 years.

Aviv was ordered to sit on the Cleveland street corner for five hours, beginning at 9 a.m. It didn't take long for the first car to honk just two minutes later, probably because the rest of the sign's message was equally as attention-grabbing: "I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself. My actions do not reflect an appreciation for the diverse South Euclid community that I live in."

According to court records, Aviv pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge in February. His alleged actions live up to the sign, too. In one instance during their 15-year feud, Aviv connected kerosene to a fan that blew into his neighbor's property in retaliation for a smell of laundry wafting from it. Other times, he threw dog feces on their car and called them ethnic slurs.

Aviv will also serve 15 days in jail and participate in anger management classes. -- Jordan Valinsky