As far as punishments go, this one is definitely one of the strangest we've heard in a while: A U.S. District Judge in California has agreed to allow a armed robbery suspect to go free until his trial, under the condition that the suspect read books assigned on a pre-approved reading list for an hour each day, and then write book reports on them for an additional thirty minutes. Yes; the punishment here is homework.

The suspect, 23-year-old Otis Mobley Jr., will be allowed to stay under the care of his grandmother until his trial if he agrees to the deal, though he will also be required to wear a GPS tracking device around his ankle at all times. He is accused of trying to rob an undercover cop by tricking him into thinking it was an illegal arms deal. 

Does this mean telling your teacher that they can't assign you a book report because "that's what they give criminals!" is an appropriate excuse, now?

[via Gawker]