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    Librarian who stole hundreds of rare books to sell online is spared jail

    Librarian who stole hundreds of rare books to sell online is spared jail

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    MANCHESTER, England, Oct. 25 A librarian who stole hundreds of rare books to sell on the Internet, including prized 17th century volumes, was spared jail Wednesday by a judge who warned he had threatened his city's literary heritage.

    Norman Buckley, 44, an assistant at Manchester's Central Library, pleaded guilty to theft charges in August for stealing more than 450 centuries-old books and documents between January 2005 and March 2006, authorities said. He sold more than 40 works online for a total of $20,000.
    Buckley received a 15-month jail sentence, but it was suspended for two years, meaning he won't be serve any time unless he commits further crimes. He was also ordered to perform community service.
    Buckley took two or three books at a time, often from a private collection only open to the public by appointment, then stored them in his apartment in meticulously ordered book cases, prosecutors told Manchester Crown Court.
    The books included 17th century editions of works by Geoffrey Chaucer, romantic poet John Donne and historian William Camden. One volume of Donne's ''Elegies'' sold for $3,370, prosecutors said.
    Police said they are trying to recover the books that were sold. The other books were found carefully indexed at Buckley's home in Manchester, about 200 miles north of London.
    Judge Clement Goldstone said Buckley had provided details of the sales to help police recover the books, which helped him win a lenient sentence. But Goldstone said if Buckley had succeeded in selling all the books, it would have been a huge loss to Manchester's literary heritage.
    ''Every time you offered a book for sale, you were breaking the trust that had been placed in you,'' the judge told him.


    Way too lenient.

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    and all the money in the world.

    And no you can't have any.

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    wtf?
    judges like this pisth me off
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    Skunk cabbage
    While waves wrapped
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    Were hard enough to make
    The sun turn tail and
    Tender enough to attract me
    To his world of illusion

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    The judge must not be aware of the true value of some of those books. And the guy must've been going through eBay, private collectors would have paid a LOT more.
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