Monday, June 22, 2009

Not Quite Right

Typo Cuts Drug Offender's Prison Term

Well. Yes, sort of. Three extraneous letters in a verdict form led to an appeal and then to a reduction in the sentence of a man convicted on drug charges.

But, as is often the case, court stories are more complicated than the headlines would indicate.

It wasn't a case of a stray couple of letters but rather that the letters involved numbers and the chance that the jury didn't understand the amount of drugs involved, which in turn affects the sentence.

The headline is eye catching, certainly, but it's a bit dishonest for what it doesn't say.

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