View From a Height
Commentary from the Mile High City
Thursday, May 22, 2003
In the meantime, the Rocky is reporting that convicted arsonist Terry Barton is mad at the judge. Apparently, he was forced out of his home by the fire, and pitched in to help fight it. Ms. Barton's attorney's think this constitutes too close an involvement in the case.

I wonder. I understand that the judge might be more pissed-off than normal since he was affected. But he was hardly in a position to testify against her. Her claim is that the sentencing was unusually harsh, but that community as a whole was mad as hornets at her. She admits setting the thing, and I think there's actually something to be said for judges being part of the community and not separate from it. I'm not sure what sort of leniency she should have been hoping for to begin with.

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