Rap Fan's Sentence: Bump Bach

Unable to listen for 20 hours, defendant opts to pay fine
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Oct 9, 2008 2:58 PM CDT
The defendant says he was listening to rap music in his 2001 Chevrolet Impala's factory speakers when he was fined.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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(Newser) – An Illinois municipal court offered to reduce a 24-year-old’s fine for a noise violation if he listened to 20 hours of classical music, but he lasted just 15 minutes, the Springfield News-Sun reports. "I didn't have the time," says the college basketball player, denying that the symphony struck a wrong chord. He was fined $150 for bumping loud rap on his Impala’s stereo.

"I think a lot of people don't like to be forced to listen to music," said the sentencing judge, who also uses Dr. Phil and Oprah to "enlighten defendants" in other cases. "The defendants are put in the position the general public is put in."