Well, I can't say I didn't see this one coming. Karen Dale Churton, the thieving librarian from New Zealand who appealed her 11-month jail sentence last week, won over the judge. Justice Alan Mackenzie agreed yesterday to reduce Churton's jail time to just four months (of which she'll probably serve less than half), after finding that the trial judge set too high a bar for Churton's sentence. Churton's "first offender" status also worked in her favor, said MacKenzie.
Once again, a person who has abused the trust placed in them to safeguard materials entrusted to their care gets a slap on the wrist.