Sunday, June 19, 2011

Hyperbolic discounting in action

News of the Weird for June 19: "Questionable judgments
Oklahoma inmate Eric Torpy has served only six years of his 33-year sentence for armed robbery, but already he is looking ahead to the years 2035-2038. His original sentence was 30 years, but he challenged the judge that if he was “going down,” it would be in “Larry Bird’s jersey” — the number 33 worn by the basketball player. Judge Ray Elliott then accommodated Torpy by adding three years. Said Torpy, in May, “Recently, I’ve wisened up.” “I’m pretty sure [Bird] thinks I’m an idiot. Truthfully, most people do. My own family does, so I’m pretty sure he does, too.”"

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