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'I AM A BULLY' sign-holder calls sentence unfair

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:01 p.m. HST, Apr 13, 2014

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio >> 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.

"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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KaneoheSJ wrote:
I know of one neighbor that does this kind of thing. Ironically, this neighbor is very religious. It is sad that people who consider themselves Christians can be the worst offenders when it comes to treating others whom they judge to be worthy of their wrath and devious behavior. They have turn their eyes away from what Jesus stated that we judge not others and choose to practice the opposite all the while praising His name.
on April 13,2014 | 11:50AM
Grimbold wrote:
What children? The article mentions they are disabled adulted children. What's an adult child ?
on April 13,2014 | 01:18PM
inHilo wrote:
Here's a clue from the article, concentrate on last two words: "two adult adopted children with developmental disabilities"
on April 14,2014 | 07:00AM
Bdpapa wrote:
This guy is a punk. He should do time with some other losers who would bully him.
on April 13,2014 | 12:12PM
Ldub20_Owl316 wrote:
This guy would be a hero if he bullied rude, inconsiderate, hypocritical, condescending, selfish, stuck-up people as well as those who value conforming over everything and refuse to think for themselves. Anyone who does bully those two kinds of people is a hero and the kind of person the world needs. That's a fact Jack.
on April 13,2014 | 12:33PM
bumba wrote:
Uh, your head is stuck up your rear end.
on April 13,2014 | 07:15PM
Ldub20_Owl316 wrote:
What is wrong with bullying mindless lemmings and arrogant douchebags?
on April 13,2014 | 09:34PM
Ldub20_Owl316 wrote:
No, I speak facts. What is there to like about mindless lemmings and arrogant, inconsiderate, people?
on April 13,2014 | 11:23PM
Jerry_D wrote:
I agree with this guy. Why? Because he pleaded "no contest" to a "disorderly conduct" charge. If any of you ever been to court, then you know how the prosecution works -- file a serious charge, then plea bargain out of court by agreeing to dropping it to a lesser charge in return for a "no contest" plea. Yet, in administering the punishment for the "disorderly conduct" charge, the judge instead hit him with punishment more appropriate to the original "bullying" charges....and I reiterate, he did not plead no contest to bullying but, rather, disorderly conduct! So the punishment definitely does not fit the crime for which he pleaded no contest...and that is a clear and flagrant violation of the Eighth Amendment.
on April 13,2014 | 12:33PM
Grimbold wrote:
I would rather sit there with that sign than paying a big fine !
on April 13,2014 | 01:19PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Hes still s punk.
on April 13,2014 | 04:59PM
paniolo wrote:
The judge didn't ruin your life. YOU ruined your life by being a BULLY. Good for you. That 5 hours was not enough. Should've been 5 hours every weekend for 15 years.
on April 13,2014 | 12:41PM
control wrote:
Yep, he got what he deserved - a taste of what it's like to be treated like dirt.
on April 14,2014 | 07:57AM
Jerry_D wrote:
He and his neighbor were fighting for 15 years! What makes everybody think that his neighbor isn't just as guilty of doing obnoxious things to him throughout this time. In fact, this article clearly states that SHE initiated this latest incident via obnoxious smells coming from her dryer vent (perhaps she did that on purpose, huh? After all, they ARE feuding), he retaliated with his own act of obnoxious....and SHE took it to another level by playing the "bully" card ("bully" is the new millenia's buzzword). It's just that his neighbor happens to be a FEMALE with KIDS -- so HE is automatically guilty of bullying, right? Hell, she's just as guilty as he is!
on April 13,2014 | 07:48PM
McCully wrote:
More and more judges should this. Just makes these clowns look stupid standing on the street corner.
on April 14,2014 | 06:47AM
krusha wrote:
Sounds like there was no remorse from this guy, so expect him to end up back on that corner holding another sign in a few months... Good to have punishment like this to have these guys think long and hard about what they done. At least it solves the problem with overcrowded jails since this guy probably would have been locked up for a few months instead of this punishment.
on April 14,2014 | 06:57AM
kukunaokala wrote:
Our House of Representatives should have done the same for Hanohano!
on April 14,2014 | 11:27AM
lokela wrote:
There you go...
on April 14,2014 | 12:03PM
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