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Musical sentence

Can you imagine a minor offender being sentenced to listen to the kind of music they most loathe?

This is what has just happened to repeat offenders for playing their stereos too loudly or disturbing neighbours with band practices in Fort Lupton, Colorado.

Judge Paul Sacco said that, after noticing the usual practice of fining these offenders was not proving to be a deterrent,  he decided to try something new and give them a dose of their own medicine making them listen to his musical selection at high volume for one hour.

Offenders have to face one-hour sessions of listening to Barry Manilow or the theme tune from the children’s TV show “Barney and Friends” or ther uncool music. However if it turns out that many of the offenders happen to like a particular song, that tune is removed from the playlist.

Apparently, Judge Sacco’s unusual method is proving more effective than the former system of fines, since  it has cut down the number of repeat offenders.

(taken from The Mail Online in November 2008)

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February 4, 2011 - Posted by | 2nd INT, MISCELLANEOUS, VIDEOS | , ,


  1. I think that this sentence is very weird, but I think that it is an original idea to finish with this irritating problem, because it is a good way to make aware young people of the nuisance of loud music.

    Comment by Alejandro Suarez | January 13, 2009

  2. Sincerely, I think that this sentence is a little silly. It looks like a joke, more than a serious sentence. Well, Personally I think that a fine is more painful than an 80’s super-hits hour, although it is funny

    Comment by Diego Iglesias | January 15, 2009

  3. In my opinion for this kind of people our judicial system is in this condition. If people didn’t waste their time trying to solve this type of “crimes”, we could probably solve more important problems such as gender violence, murders, the kidnapping of children, as we can see it is very popular nowadays.

    Comment by Samanta Pérez | January 18, 2009

  4. Great! This judge is like my grandfather and his funny punishments when I was a child. Personally, I prefer this sentence more than the usual fine as if I’d live there, I would be probably sitting with these people listening to that “essential selection” because due to my job I have a sound studio room at home and my neighbours must be tired to hear my beats.

    The idea sounds good because it could be so hard for offenders to attend every day to the music sessions more than paying one fine.

    Comment by Ricardo Patiño | January 19, 2009

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