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Friday, October 10, 2008

From Pavane to Paparazzi

posted by on October 10 at 10:22 AM

The judgement:

URBANA, Ohio (AP) — A defendant had a hard time facing the music.
Ludwig van Beethoven’s music fails to appeal to a man fined for playing rap music too loudly in his car.

Andrew Vactor was facing a $150 fine for playing rap music too loudly on his car stereo in July. But a judge offered to reduce that to $35 if Vactor spent 20 hours listening to classical music by the likes of Bach, Beethoven and Chopin.

Vactor, 24, lasted only about 15 minutes, a probation officer said.

It wasn’t the music, Vactor said, he just needed to be at practice with the rest of the Urbana University basketball team.

“I didn’t have the time to deal with that,” he said. “I just decided to pay the fine.”

Champaign County Municipal Court Judge Susan Fornof-Lippencott says the idea was to force Vactor to listen to something he might not prefer, just as other people had no choice but to listen to his loud rap music.

“I think a lot of people don’t like to be forced to listen to music,” she said.

All the judge had to do was first let the brother listen to Xzibit “Paparazzi”:

And then Gabriel Faure’s Pavane, Op. 50:

After that, a bit of Beethoven or Bach would’ve got the brother thinking “extra large.”

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