Monday, October 22, 2007

A Novel Way of Chronicling Disorderly Conduct

Seventeen people aged 17-25 were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct late Sunday night and/or early Monday morning in the Kenmore Square area following the Boston Red Sox's victory in the American League Championship Series, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

For some of them, the judge has given them a novel sentence to write a lot of sentences:
Roxbury District Court Judge Edward Redd ordered that the remaining seven defendants, most of whom are college students, write a five-page essay detailing what they have each learned from the experience of getting arrested and that they provide the court with written verification that their parents are aware that they have been arrested and charged in connection with this incident. Judge Redd also ordered that they stay away from Fenway Park over the duration of the season. They must provide the essay and parental notification of their arrest at their arraignment on Nov. 8.
I wonder if the judge at Brighton Municipal Court has considered similar sentences as punishment for arrests/convictions in our neighborhood?  How about an extra page for extra credit to have bail reduced?  How will he mark them down for mis-spellings, grammatical errors, run-ons, and sentence fragments?  Five pages...  single- or double-spaced?  Maximum font size?  Punish the writing-challenged by having them share a cell with Bubba?  Will he require them to use the spelling "Socks" or "Sox"?

And in order to pass a sentence, must Judge Redd have read them first?

Via UniversalHub.

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