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May 31, 2006

The short sentencing story getting longer

As I expected and feared when the story first broke, the short sentence for the short person in Nebraska is continuing to generate attention a week later.  Here is the latest from the AP:

A petition drive is calling for the resignation of the judge who sentenced a sex offender to probation instead of prison in part because of his short stature....  The petition drive is being conducted by Tiffany Jones, a resident of the county seat of Sidney, who said she already had about 200 signatures....

A friend and colleague of the judge, Bernie Glaser of Lincoln, Nebraska, said [her] ruling has been misunderstood.  He said the prosecutor didn't ask for prison time, and the judge took other factors into account when deciding that prison wasn't right for [the defendant], including his mental capabilities and information contained in a pre-sentence report that is not public. "We need more judges like her," Glaser said. "I think they should be proud they have a judge like her."

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