An Unusual Penalty

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The New York Times Topics blog has a post today on prepositional phrases and how they can result in unintentional comedy if you aren't careful.  This is common in legal writing, too, and one of the NYT's examples has a legal angle:

The SoHo bar bouncer convicted last month . . . was sentenced to life without parole in Brooklyn State Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon.

An unusual penalty.

I've never been to Brooklyn State Supreme Court, so I don't know how to evaluate that as a punishment.  On the other hand, I was recently paroled from what felt like a life sentence practicing law in Los Angeles Superior Court, and I definitely did not deserve that.