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'I am a bully' sign-holder calls sentence unfair

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio man who spent hours on a street corner Sunday with a sign declaring he's a bully says that the punishment in a disorderly conduct case was unfair and that the judge who sentenced him has ruined his life.

Sixty-two-year-old Edmond Aviv mostly ignored honking horns and people who stopped by to talk with him in South Euclid, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reported http://bit.ly/1p0xNrR ).

"The judge destroyed me," Aviv said. "This isn't fair at all."

The sentence stemmed from a neighborhood dispute in which a woman said Aviv had bullied her and her disabled children for years. Aviv pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge, and Municipal Court Judge Gayle Williams-Byers ordered him to display the sign for five hours Sunday as part of his sentence.

The judge selected the wording for it: "I AM A BULLY! 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."

Aviv arrived at the corner with the sign just before 9 a.m. Sunday. Within a couple of minutes, a passing motorist honked a car horn. Later in the morning, he was sitting in a chair holding the hand-lettered sign in front of him.

Dozens of drivers honked their horns and some passers-by yelled at him. Some pedestrians took pictures.

Aviv denied bullying his neighbors, but declined to answer other questions. A court probation officer monitored him, and Aviv's attorney stopped by to check on him. The lawyer didn't immediately return telephone calls to his office Sunday.

Aviv has feuded with his neighbor Sandra Prugh for the past 15 years, court records show. The most recent case stemmed from Aviv being annoyed at the smell coming from Prugh's dryer vent when she did laundry, according to the records. In retaliation, Aviv hooked up kerosene to a fan, which blew the smell onto Pugh's property, the records said.

Prugh has two adult adopted children with developmental disabilities, cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Her husband has dementia, and her son is paralyzed.

Prugh said in a letter to the court that Aviv had called her an ethnic slur while she was holding her adopted black children, spit on her several times, regularly threw dog feces on her son's car windshield, and once smeared feces on a wheelchair ramp.

"I am very concerned for the safety of our family," Prugh wrote in a letter to the court for Aviv's sentencing. She said she just wants to live in peace.

The judge also ordered Aviv to serve 15 days in jail and undergo anger management classes and counseling. Aviv also had to submit an apology letter to Prugh.

"I want to express my sincere apology for acting irrationally towards your house and the safety of your children," Aviv wrote. "I understand my actions could have caused harm but at that time I was not really thinking about it."

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ABBY April 15 2014 at 2:52 PM

How about a contest to see who can kick this POOR EXCUSE AND WASTE OF SKIN human(?) the farthest. He obviously has too much time on his hands and needs to focus on something that would be of some help to someone instead of creating dangerous situations for others. He looks young enough to still be working - why isn't he? Or does he have a "bad back" and just can't work? Brother, it takes all kinds - we just need fewer of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ilovedebks April 15 2014 at 1:34 PM

The only thing that would be better would be if the judge required him to add "I am a stupid ******* douchebag" to the sign and forced him to take a "bully beatdown" from an MMA fighter. The judge must have been Bill Engvall or something "here's your stupid sign."

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ABBY April 15 2014 at 9:29 AM

Too bad the judge didn't make him make a better sign. Like one you could see more than 20 feet away. A sign with much BIGGER letters on something than wasn't corrugated cardboard!!

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Lisa April 14 2014 at 3:44 PM

If i was the probation officer, i would have him sit far away, where he can't hide behind that electrical box and take his hat, chair and glasses off, and to bad if the sun gets in his eyes or if has to stand... Ruined his life, how!!! cause the town really knows what kind of douche bag he is now... The judge should have let us throw **** on him...

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ABBY April 14 2014 at 2:14 PM

The PUKE says that the judge "destroyed him". TooooooooooooooooooDarnBaddddddddddddd!!! It's a pity the judge couldn't do more! to the PUKE!!!

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sitemfg April 14 2014 at 3:13 PM

We need more judges like that.

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shryoka2 April 14 2014 at 3:25 PM

I'm glad the judge did this, now he know how bad that family feels.

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ctslair April 14 2014 at 1:47 PM

Oh, waaah, poor baby. He spent years harrassing people and behaving like a d-bag and now he has the nerve to complain when he gets called on the carpet for his behavior? He really needs to learn how moral, decent people conduct themselves, 'cause he obviously hasn't got a clue.

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DALE April 14 2014 at 12:15 PM

Oh,His life is ruined. How about the poor family he ruined. I would have made him walk up and down the sidewalk in plain sight and for 15 days,one for each year, not just one day. I also think he should be made to run errands for the family,cut their lawn,rake their leaves andshovel their snow . I also think after this blows over he will return to his old ways. A leopard can't change it's spots.

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Chickiepoo April 14 2014 at 12:37 PM

Aaaaawww.........He can dish it out.....but he can't take it.....


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