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August 24, 2006

Proof that sports stars don't always get sentencing breaks

Ph2005040601459 The Washington Post has this long article about yesterday's sentencing of "Lonny Baxter, the former University of Maryland basketball star caught last week with a gun a few blocks from the White House."  Baxter was sentenced yesterday "to about nine months in jail but suspended all but 60 days of that sentence, meaning that if Baxter stays out of trouble, he will not have to serve the remaining time. [Judge] Iscoe also placed him on probation for 18 months, fined him $2,000 and ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service."

The story got my attention not only because I have always been a big Terrapin basketball fan, but also because the DC Superior Court sentencing judge rejected the prosecutor's recommendation for probation:

Iscoe acknowledged Baxter's prompt cooperation with authorities but said he could not go along with the government's recommendation of probation. The government had given Baxter a "great break" in conditionally dropping the most serious charge, Iscoe said.  In sentencing Baxter for the other two charges to which he pleaded guilty -- possession of an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition -- he could not be so lenient, Iscoe said....

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