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New sentencing ordered for bomber

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 6, 2012 at 10:06 a.m.

FILE - This file photo released Aug. 18, 2009, by the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office shows Dr. Randeep Mann. In a court filing Tuesday, June 29, 2010, prosecutors say Mann's alleged drug distribution led to the February 2009 bombing of Dr. Trent Pierce, who survived the attack at his West Memphis, Ark., home.

— A federal appeals court has ordered a resentencing for an Arkansas doctor convicted in the bombing that nearly killed the head of the state medical board.

A jury convicted Randeep Mann of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction in the attack on Dr. Trent Pierce.

His attorneys appealed his life sentence, arguing there wasn’t enough evidence to convict Mann.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Mann’s conviction but said Thursday that Mann shouldn’t have received a sentencing enhancement on the basis of allegations that he ordered the assault of an inmate.

The panel said the allegation was never brought up in court and improperly referred to in a presentencing report.

The court also ordered that one of Mann’s two weapons convictions be tossed, finding they amounted to double jeopardy.

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TheBatt says... December 6, 2012 at 12:45 p.m.

Sigh.... No question about what constitutes "justice" in this case... unfortunately, the Federal Appeals Court doesn't care about justice. The crime, all by itself, justifies the sentence imposed.

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