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State Body to Support Gitelman’s Innovation

“Week-end sentences,” an invention credited to City Court Judge Jacob Gitelman of Rochester, were promised the support of the New York State Association of Magistrates yesterday in the campaign to make the unorthodox penalties lawful.

Legal circles were startled several months ago when Judge Gitelman sentenced an intoxicated truck driver for a bakery to present himself at the county penitentiary for the next ten weekends at midnight Saturday to serve until midnight Sunday, so that the offender would not lose his job. Judge Gitelman admitted the sentence was illegal, but has continued to impose similar ones ever since.

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