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Judge’s Noise Punishment Fits Crime

Posted Sep 18, 2007 11:03 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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When Judge Paul Sacco deals with violators of the Fort Lupton, Colo., noise ordinance, he fights fire with fire.

Those who transgress are required to listen for one hour to music calculated to get on their nerves. A recent punishment session featured tunes by Karen Carpenter, Barry Manilow, Dolly Parton and the cartoon character Barney, reports a CBS News television station in Colorado.

The judge says he believes the punishment fits the crime and deters future misconduct without subjecting offenders to harsher measures such as jail sentences or fines. "When you have a person playing rap at extreme volumes all over the city, and they have to sit down and listen for an hour to Barry Manilow, it's horrible punishment," he says.

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