Cruel and unusual punishment

First three grafs of an article in The New York Times:

"On Monday, Judge Ricardo M. Urbina of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, sentenced a former senior pharmaceutical executive to write a book.

"Earlier this year the executive, Dr. Andrew G. Bodnar, a former senior vice president at Bristol-Myers Squibb, had pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the federal government about the company’s efforts to resolve a patent dispute over the blood thinner Plavix.

“The judge sentenced Dr. Bodnar to two years of probation during which he is to write a book about his experience connected to the case. Dr. Bodnar must also pay a $5,000 fine.”

Not quite in the league with waterboarding, but still…


Writing a book is considered enough expiation in some countries. Take as an example the many Italian terrorists of the Seventies. They write a book, and they can be considered refugees. An invaluable hint for the most perverse among us, let me say… … aly.france


On some days I would prefer waterboarding to writing.