Thursday, October 30, 2008

Judges Declines to Increase Terms for Transy Four

In February, a three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the goons who stole rare books from the Transylvania University (and assaulted the rare books librarian there) - we know them as the Transy Four - should have had some time added to their sentences since the trial court failed to factor certain elements of the crime into its sentence. They sent the case back to the trial judge, Jennifer Coffman, for further consideration.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports this afternoon that Coffman has chosen to ignore the judgment of the Court of Appeals, saying "she would have imposed the same sentence even if she had considered the tougher sentencing guidelines."

Not exactly a surprise, but considering the original appeal was launched by the Four themselves in a bid to get less jail time, an additional bit would have been awfully appropriate.

1 comment:

Michael said...

Are any of us shocked to hear this?

Judges tend to have rather large (and fragile) egos, and do NOT appreciate their "wisdom" being challenged by anyone, much less other judges.

I, myself, am content that whilst I sit here on my comfy couch, fluffy pillows at my back, my dog at my feet and a white mocha frappuccino from Starbucks on my table, the Transy 4 are most likely learning how to avoid putting pressure on their anal cavities.