Saturday, January 12, 2008

More Time

Bloomberg reports:

"The Norwegian Supreme Court has increased the sentences of two men found guilty of stealing Edvard Munch's 'The Scream' and 'Madonna'' paintings, and ordered a retrial for a third man originally found guilty. The sentences were increased by six and 12 months to six years and 10 1/2 years, respectively."

Why the retrial for the third guy?

"One of the men found guilty ... should be given a retrial, as one of the policemen investigating the crime had agreed to write a book about the Norwegian criminal milieu with one of the prosecution's main witnesses, an informant, the Supreme Court said. The original trial court was not notified of this, and this constituted grounds for a retrial, it was ruled."