On Monday, Dr. Andrew G. Bodnar, former senior vice president of Bristol-Myers Squibb, was sentenced to write a book. Bodnar pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the federal government (he lied about his company's efforts to resolve a patent dispute) and Judge Ricardo M. Urbina ordered Bodnar to write an instructional volume about his experience. It's a bizarre sentence, but Urbina has apparently sent offenders to literary purgatory before. In 1998, he ordered Washington lobbyist James H. Lake to pen a monograph and distrubte it to 2,000 other lobbyists.
Judge Urbina obviously understands just how painful writing can be. We'll wait to see if Bodnar produces anything of literary merit.
Read the full New York Times story here.
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