Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Creative Court Sentences

1. "Judge sentences lawbreakers to ... tai chi"
"Sante Fe judge, Frances Gallegos, says traditional anger management courses
 were not working so she allows young, violent offenders to take meditation
 classes as part of an alternative sentencing program"

2. "Why a US judge sentenced man to yoga class"
"Judge Larry Standley is known for his creative sentences. In a recent case,
 Standley ordered a man convicted of slapping his wife to take a yoga class as
 part of his one-year probation"

3. "Boy sentenced to visit library"
"A court of appeals in central Turkey has upheld a sentence handed out to a
 15-year-old boy that he go to a library three times a week for having stabbed
 another boy in the arm three years ago"

4. "Defendant sentenced to read 'To Kill a Mockingbird'"
"Judge Juan Sanchez gave William Fowlkes, 46, of West Chester, his own copy
 of Harper Lee's classic novel and instructed him to read it and write an essay
 about how his 'disgusting' behavior relates to the book"

5. "Rap fan forced to listen to Verdi"
"A US man has been ordered to listen to Verdi's La Traviata after playing
 50 Cent's music too loud in his car"

6. "Judge orders speeding teenagers to do 50 press-ups"
"A District Judge in Kentucky has ordered two teenagers to do 50 press-ups
 after they appeared before him on speeding charges"

7. "Judge sentences man to jump out of plane as punishment for crime"
"A judge has ordered a former city employee in Buffalo, New York, to jump out
 of an airplane for misusing public funds"