By Emiley Morgan
"This was not a crime of violence, the defendant is of no danger to the community, and there is a need of the defendant for medical, emotional care and the support of family that is significant," Waddoups said.
The judge said that even though collecting the artifacts is a crime, the conduct "if not culturally accepted, has been justified for many years" in the southern Utah area.
Uh, no. The judge's "reasoning" is precisely why he should've imposed a real sentence. Namely, to send a message that looting is not culturally acceptable.
For more on the subject, see Looting Is Big Business and Artifact Theft = "Organized Crime."
Below: "Prominent Blanding, Utah physician James Redd, center, shown here with his wife, Jeanne was found dead of an apparent suicide near his home in Blanding a day after being charged with illegal looting of archaeological artifacts held sacred by Utah's earliest inhabitants."