Tiger Woods Got Off Easy Compared With Penalties In His Wife’s Region


Commenting on the prospect that Tiger Woods, the world's top-ranked golfer, would be fined $164 for a mysterious car crash near his home last week, sentencing-law blogger Douglas Berman of Ohio State University says that “$164 to Tiger Woods is probably the equivalent of less than a penny to the average American.”

Tiger should consider himself lucky that his offense did not take place in the part of the world where his wife comes from, Berman says. Both Norway and Sweden often use “day-fine” systems for punishing traffic offenses that can base fines partly on defendants’ assets. Norway this year imposed a fine of over $100,000 on a wealthy man for drunk driving. Given that Tiger makes roughly $10 million each month, even a day-fine of only one day would mean a fine of over $300,000 rather than just a paltry $164, Berman says. (Ed. note : Woods’ wife is from Sweden; an earlier headline incorrectly said she was from Norway.)

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