Remember Mary Bale, the UK woman who dumped a cat into a bin and shut the lid? The video went viral on YouTube and Bale was soon identified and charged with animal cruelty. And now, she’s been sentenced to just a £250 fine. The judge remarked:
The media interest in this case has resulted in you being vilified in some quarters and I have taken that into account.
In other words, she’s received leniency precisely because her acts were so disgusting as to outrage an entire country. I’ve never heard that one before. (Thanks, Matthew.) Link.