One step forward ,two steps back.
Unless you can prove beyond a reasonable doubt.
Embarrassment ,and exposure to the public scrutiny and ridicule without physical harm,to either the public official or to the public is prefered
The use of pychological humility imposed on the consciousness of public officials for reflection.upon what they have done wrong.
A reminder if you will,that they only work for the public good.
A reminder that the only power they have is the power the public or should I say the republic says they have ,and can be revocked for cause as determined by a jury or vote of the people.rather than a pure Democracy which never worked in an Imperfect society .