Greensboro, NC - Lawyers for past American Idol Winner, Fantasia Barrino are working feverishly to overturn a judge's sentence calling for the public scorn of the star after she was found guilty of adultery. At the core of the case, Barrino and a man by the name of Antwuan Cook, who is married and has two children, are accused of having sex outside of marriage.
An obscure law still on the North Carolina books from back in the 1800's allows for public scorn to be carried out on any woman who is caught having sexual relations with a married man. The law, having been written over a century ago, does not give any indication that a man having sex outside a marriage is illegal. Therefore, Antwuan Cook does not face the same punishment. Instead, his case will be heard in family court.
Most people are not sure these days what exactly public scorn entails. Therefore, researchers are busy looking up the term and deciphering what type of punishment will be carried out to satisfy the unusual ruling.
Ida Mae Spinster from Greensboro, North Carolina is 98 years old and claims that she actually endured public scorn as a young woman. "I can remember that day like it were yestidy," she said. "Them men came 'round and they tied me up to a straight-back chair and set me in the middle of the town square. Folks that I knew and thought were my friends came up and wagged their fingers in my face and called me all kinda names. When they was through with me, I was so ashamed. I never did get married after that. I been single all my life," she said. "Thank God, though, I weren't a virgin."