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September 24, 2009

A Bill James furlough for a jailed Red Sox fan

I became a Bill James fan as a kid after reading the baseball guru's extraordinary analysis of a seemingly meaningless loss mid-season by the Kansas City Royals in the mid 1980s.  Two decades later, I recall this memory because of this local sentencing story, which is headlined "Jailed Red Sox fan in Iowa gets Royal treatment," sent my way by a helpful reader.  Here are excerpts:

It’s like a little bit of the Bay State in the Corn Belt. Red Sox Nation citizenship got one Hawkeye out of jail for the day.

Taking a page from furlough-happy Massachusetts jurisprudence, an Iowa judge sprung a jailed man so he could watch his beloved Red Sox play the Kansas City Royals last night.

Randy Barker is half-way through two concurrent 10-day sentences for violation of a protective order, but prior to his conviction last week, his dad scored tickets to the Sox Midwest showdown, according to his court-appointed lawyer, Margaret King. She told the court Barker is a diehard Sox fan.

In a move King called “compassionate,” magistrate Benny Waggoner allowed Barker’s father and brother to pick him up from jail, drive him the four hours to Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, then bring him back, she said. “He’s going to be allowed to go with his daddy and brother. They’ll bring him back tonight,” she said. “It’s a small town. Everybody knows everybody, and everybody trusts everybody . . . Everybody had a lot of compassion for him.”

When reached, the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office in Keosauqua, Iowa, said no one was available to comment on the arrest. County Attorney Craig Miller said he objected to the decision, but not strenously “under the circumstances.” “I opposed the motion, because he was serving a jail sentence,” Miller said. “I think the judge made the decision, trying to be fair to the defendant and to the family.”

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In this day and age to refer to an article without a link to it is faux pas. I don't care if the article was written in the middle ages. I want a link.


On the other hand, a very nice post.

Posted by: Allan | Sep 24, 2009 10:26:50 AM

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