Allen Stanford’s sentence

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Moustachioed Texan supervillain, Allen Stanford, has been sentenced to 110 years in prison. We’re pretty sure he hasn’t been ‘jailed for 110 years’ as the headlines read at Cricinfo and the BBC. That seems to imply he’ll serve the entire sentence. He won’t.

Prosecutors will be gutted though. They were pushing for a 230-year sentence. They’ll be incandescent with rage at the thought that in 50-odd years a 115-year-old Allen Stanford will be out Ponzi-ing about, goosing people’s wives, laughing at his good fortune.

Here’s our half-arsed history of the Stanford Super Series.


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  1. According to the BBC, prosecutors had asked for a 230-year sentence, with defence lawyers arguing for a term of 44 months.

    Clearly the two sides weren’t able to play nicely and had resorted to being silly. I suspect the judge had simply had enough of asking them to be reasonable, so he just picked a number somewhere near the middle to piss them both off (although I suspect when the dust has settled the prosecution will find a tad more comfort than the defence).

    Anyway, this is a momentous event in the history of the selling out of cricket, a history which is coincidentally coincident with Giles Clarke’s tenure as head of the ECB. To commemorate it, I call for the County Championship to be renamed the “You Sold Our Sport to an Obvious Conman You Fat Oaf Championship”, for the next 110 years, say.

  2. This reminds me of the time I wanted to buy a private jet. The guy at the flea market asked me a billion dollars. I told him I had fifteen rupees.

  3. It’s a big sentence, no doubt about it. But it’s not really a daddy sentence. I just feel that with a little bit more application and hard work he could have pushed on past 150.

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