Michael P. Fay

Michael Peter Fay (born May 30, 1975) is an American who briefly shot to worldwide notoriety in 1994 when he, then 18 years old, was sentenced by a court in Singapore to four months in jail, a fine of S$3,500 and six strokes of the cane, for theft and vandalism. Caning is a routine court sentence in Singapore but most Americans were unfamiliar with it, and Fay's case was the first time an American citizen was sentenced to caning in Singapore.

The sentence hit international headlines and stirred up a great deal of public outrage and ignited a fierce debate in the media over the issue of judicial caning as well as the controversy surrounding the use of corporal punishment in general. The American President, Bill Clinton, asked the Singapore government to waive the caning, which he called "excessive." After losing an appeal against his sentence, Fay asked the Singapore President, Ong Teng Cheong, for clemency.

On May 4, 1994, the Singapore government announced that Fay's sentence had been reduced from six to four strokes, and Fay was caned in Queenstown Remand Prison on the following day.

In 1996, he was cited in Florida, USA, for a number of violations, including careless and reckless driving, not reporting a crash, and having an open bottle of alcohol in a car. In 1998, still in Florida, Fay was arrested for illegal possession of drugs, and he confessed to the charges but was not found guilty.

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Replica of canes used in Singapore for judicial punishment.

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