Thursday, October 9, 2008

Cruel? and unusual punishment

A judge imposed a cruel and unusual punishment on a Urbana college student for playing his rap music too loud:

Andrew Vactor was facing a $150 fine for playing rap music too loudly on his car stereo in July. But a judge offered to reduce that to $35 if Vactor spent 20 hours listening to classical music by the likes of Bach, Beethoven and Chopin.

Vactor, 24, lasted only about 15 minutes, a probation officer said.

If the judge hadn't given the student the choice, I would have said that the punishment is unconstitutional.

Could you last 20 hours of this:

Allegro Moderato by Bach

Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven

Funeral March by Chopin