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The longer a judge has been without a break, the less likely you’ll get parole

Favorable decisions vs. time of day

A study in Israel showed that judges more likely to grant parole right after they take a break than after they’ve been working for a while. (The graph above show favorable decisions vs. the time of day with the circles representing breaks.)

Denzeger thinks that the judges’ behaviour can be easily explained. All repetitive decision-making tasks drain our mental resources. We start suffering from “choice overload” and we start opting for the easiest choice. For example, shoppers who have already made several decisions are more likely to go for the default offer, whether they’re buying a suit or a car. And when it comes to parole hearings, the default choice is to deny the prisoner’s request. The more decisions a judge has made, the more drained they are, and the more likely they are to make the default choice. Taking a break replenishes them.

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Court pays to cover up defendant’s racist tattoos

John Ditullio has a large swastika tattooed on his neck. He’s in court today with a makeup job to cover the tattoo, paid for by the court.

Jon Ditullio's tattoos, before and after

“It’s easier to give someone who looks like you a fair shake,” said Bjorn E. Brunvand, Mr. Ditullio’s lawyer.

In the future, all defendants will have surgery to look exactly like their jurors.

Via Gawker.

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Minneapolis settles a lawsuit for arresting zombies

The city of Minneapolis has settled a lawsuit with a group of zombies, who were arrested in 2006 for carrying simulated “weapons of mass destruction”. They will pay the zombies $165,000 after jailing them for two days without charges.

The four men and three women, all of whom lived in the Twin Cities at the time, were playing the role of zombies to illustrate their belief that people buy and rely on new products “as a replacement for real interaction,” said Rechitsky.

They were making their zombielike way along Nicollet Mall around 7 p.m. when police told them to turn down their music and keep a distance from bystanders. Later, on Hennepin Avenue, a young girl with her father became frightened by the lurching zombies, according to court records.

Police asked for the zombies’ identification, and when most said they had none on them, they were told they would be detained.

Via Obscure Store.

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Lesbian teen gets $35k from her asshole school district

Awesome. Constance McMillen, the lesbian whose school conspired to keep from bringing her girlfriend to prom, has received $35,000 to settle her lawsuit.

It’s a stupid amount of money for a recent high school grad to get in a lump sum, but she did something pretty great. Backwards high schools will think twice before trying to pull this shit again.

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Eddie the Brick – “Running from the Law”

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