Tuesday, June 16, 2009

To right a wrong, judge orders defendants to write a book

I know some of my students would consider that sentence tantamount to torture.  The New York Times has a cheeky editorial today describing the habit of Judge Ricardo Urbina of the U.S. District Court for the District of D.C. ordering convicted defendants in white collar cases to write a book about their crimes as a warning to others.  As the author of the editorial notes:

Many people in professional life believe they have a book in them. Whether it ever gets out is usually a matter of passion, persistence and chance, not court decree. We don’t know if there is any deterrent value in Judge Urbina’s approach (beyond deterring us from reading the product).

Given the vanity in publication, it might be better if he ordered white-collar defendants not to write books about what they did. Now that would sting.


Read the whole thing here.

I am the scholarship dude.



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