October 11, 2004

Cruel and unusual

"Imagine a public defender, standing at your side as you face the judge on a misdemeanor charge, humming a catchy tune while you both wait to hear the decision on your case. Hours after the judge reads you the amount of the fine you’ll have to pay, you still can’t get the song out of your head, and then it hits you – it’s “Copacabana” by Barry Manilow."

The horror, the horror...