Judge cites 42 Beatles songs to teach thief a lesson

Stories like this really make me smile.  When I was younger my friends and I would hold entire conversations using nothing but song titles.  We used to make the other one guess which title it was, and we’d try to get as obscure as possible with the track titles and artists in an attempt to stump each other.

It seems that there is a Montana judge out there who is quite the Beatle fan, and who happens to have a hell of a sense of humor.  I think it is brilliant.  The judge’s response had me cracking up.  Nicely done.

Here’s what we’ve read.

A judge sentencing a Beatles-loving beer thief quoted 42 of the band’s song titles in his verdict.

Andrew McCormack, 20, was asked to recommend to a US court what his sentence should be for stealing beer.

He wrote: “Like the Beetles say, Let It Be”. But his cheeky quip did not impress Gregory Todd, a 56-year-old district court judge in Montana.

In a sentencing memorandum Judge Todd first corrected McCormack’s misspelling and then gave the defendant a lesson in The Beatles discography.

He replied: “Mr McCormack, you pled guilty to the charge of Burglary. To aid me in sentencing I review the pre-sentence investigation report.

“I read with interest the section containing Defendant’s statement. To the question of ‘Give your recommendation as to what you think the Court should do in this case’, you said, ‘Like the Beetles say Let It Be‘.

“While I will not explore the epistemological or ontological overtones of your response, or even the syntactic of symbolic keys of your allusion, I will say Hey Jude, Do You Want to Know a Secret?

“The greatest band in rock history spelled their name B-e-a-t-l-e-s.

“I interpret the meaning of your response to suggest that there should be no consequences for your actions and I should Let it Be so you can live in Strawberry Fields Forever.

“Such reasoning is Here, There and Everywhere. It does not require a Magical Mystery Tour of interpretation to know The Word means leave it alone.

“I trust we can all Come Together on that meaning.

“If I were to overlook your actions and Let It Be, I would ignore that Day in the Life on April 21, 2006.

“Evidently, earlier that night you said to yourself I Feel Fine while drinking beer.

“Later, whether you wanted Money or were just trying to Act Naturally you became the Fool on the Hill on North 27th Street.

“As Mr Moonlight at 1.30am, you did not Think for Yourself but just focused on I, Me, Mine.

Because you didn’t ask for Help, Wait for Something else or listen to your conscience saying Honey Don’t, the victim later that day was Fixing a Hole in the glass door you broke.”

Judge Todd went on: “After you stole the 18 pack of Old Milwaukee you decided it was time to Run For Your Life and Carry That Weight.

“But when the witness said Baby it’s You, the police responded I’ll Get You and you had to admit that You Really Got a Hold on Me.

“You were not able to Get Back home because of the Chains they put on you.

“Although you hoped the police would say I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party and We Can Work it Out, you were in Misery when they said you were a Bad Boy.

“When the police took you to jail, you experienced Something New as they said Hello Goodbye and you became a Nowhere Man.

“Later when you thought about what you did you may have said I’ll Cry Instead. Now you’re saying Let it Be instead of I’m a Loser.

“As a result of your Hard Day’s Night you are looking at a Ticket to Ride that Long and Winding Road to Deer Lodge.

“Hopefully you can say both now and When I’m 64 that I Should Have Known Better.”

In McCormack’s sentencing he received probation, a community service order and a fine.

Source: Daily Mail

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12 Responses

  1. I’VE READ THE NEWS TODAY,OH BOY!,about a man like THE FOOL ON THE HILL,who tried i think to tell to the judge:PLEASE PLEASE ME,LIKE I PLEASE YOU,so DON’T PASS ME BY,DON’T MAKE ME CRY,DON’T MAKE ME BLUE,but the judge told him:SEXY boy,WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?YOU MADE FOOL OF EVERYONE!so,CRY,BABY CRY and i think even YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW!but the man told: DEAR judge,WON’T YOU COME OUT TO PLAY?THE SUN IS UP,THE SKY IS BLUE,IT’S BEAUTIFUL AND SO ARE YOU,so the judge really argued told:YOU KNOW,YOU WANNA MAKE ME SHOUT!so,THIS BOY went to the jail and while he was telling to himself:I NEED A FIX CAUSE I’M GOING DOWN, some newspapers said:Andrew Mccormack is a POOR,YOUNG COUNTRY BOY,MOTHER NATURE’SON,he is innocent,he’s just went to the jailONLY TO FIND GIDEON’S BIBLE!then after so many years WEDNESDAY MORNING AT NINE O’CLOCK heIS FAR AWAY,and out of the jail he told himself:over!NOTHING IS GONNA CHANGE MY WORLD!….AND IF YOU WANT SOME MORE TAKE OBLADI,OBLADA!THANK YOU!

  2. Ulla, you frighten me.

  3. for Anonymous:i don’t know who you are,but thanx for what you have told me!really thanx!

  4. for MP3J:thanx my dear friend!i hope you liked my post!;-)

  5. This used to take place in churches using the titles and first lines of hymns! Rarely is there anything new under the sun!

    Jane Marple
    http://marplesbeatles.wordpress.com

  6. Maxwell & his silver hammer may creep up on that judge from behind…

  7. for marplesbeatles:sorry,milady if you found my post just a bit silly!maybe,i went too many times to the church,that i learnt very well,but that was my own personal way to comment the article!but if yours was a critic against the article,well i think that itwas original and particular!…………..”rarely,”the lady of the murderers”found anything new under the sun!”……….TAKE A GOOD LOOK AROUND YOU………”!!!

  8. for Raj:ahahahahah!it missed!!!!but which one of them?

  9. this the continuing story of Andrew Mccormack:EVEN ROSE AND VALERIE,WERE STILL SCREAMING,BUT NOT FROM THE
    GALLERY BUT IN THE AUDIENCE BEHIND ANDREW AND WERE STILL SAYING:HE MUST GO
    FREE!!SO,THERE WAS ALSO FATHER MCCORMACK WHO WAS TELLING A SERMON THAT NO
    ONE WOULD HEAR!THEN,WHEN ANDREW WAS TAKING OUTSIDE BY POLICEMEN HE CONTINUED
    TO ASK TO EVERYBODY WHO WAS THERE:DID ANYBODY TOLD HIM?DID ANYBODY SEEN
    IT?SUNDAY IS ON THE PHONE TO MONDAY,TUESDAY IS AT THE PHONE TO ME!I’M NOT
    GUILTY!!!AND INSTEAD LOOKING AT HIS MUM:HALF OF WHAT I SAY IT’S
    MEANINGLESS,BUT I SAY IT JUST TO REACH YOU,JULIA!WHEN HE WAS GOING OUTSIDE
    PEOPLE WAS TELLING HIM:YOU SAY YES,WE SAY NO!YOU SAY START,AND WE SAY
    GO,GO,GO…..AND WE SAY GOODBYE,WE SAY HELLO,HELLO,HELLO,WE DON’T KNOW WHY
    SAY GOODBYE,AND YOU SAY HELLO!(

  10. O, super project.

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