Feeds

File system killer Reiser rejected 3-year sentence

Sickepedians mourn ReiserFS

Boost IT visibility and business value

A judge said today that prominent Linux developer and convicted murderer Hans Reiser rejected a plea deal that would have sent him to prison for only three years for killing his wife, Nina Reiser.

During what was supposed to have been Reiser's sentencing today, Judge Larry Goodman of Alameda County Superior Court revealed that Reiser was offered a plea bargain last September for a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter. The judge said he was prepared to give Reiser the minimum sentence of three years in prison in accordance with the deal to spare Nina Reiser's family the distress of going through a trial.

Had Reiser not maintained his innocence until leading police to the buried remains of his wife yesterday, he would have been out of prison possibly by May 2009, the judge noted.

By leading police to the body, Reiser struck a new zero-hour deal with prosecutors. Under the new agreement, Reiser could be sentenced for second-degree murder rather than for the first-degree murder verdict decided by a jury last April.

A first-degree murder charge carries a 25-years-to-life prison sentence. A second-degree murder charge carries a 15-years-to-life prison sentence. While a reduction to second-degree murder doesn't necessarily mean Reiser will have a reduced prison sentence, it does mean he would be eligible for parole sooner.

Goodman defended the agreement saying Nina Reiser's family is "100 per cent behind the disposition, because it allows Nina to come home" to be buried.

He stressed any deal the prosecution may have reached with Reiser hasn't yet been approved by the court. Goodman said he "has to be convinced that the deal is ironclad" and that Reiser will fulfill all his obligations, such as waiving his rights to appeal.

The court scheduled a hearing August 13 to review the status of the proposed agreement. ®

Black-hearted Bootnote

The sheer tragedy of the case hasn't stopped Wikipedia fiddlers from having a wholesome laugh.

Readers Dennis Smith and Andrew Whitell pointed us to the online encyclopedia's "Comparison of file systems" article which received an interesting revision.

New to the article's chart comparing file system features is the category "murders your wife." It's an attribute most file systems have chosen to opt out of, with the exception of ReiserFS and Reiser4.

It was changed back pretty quickly, but the older revision is still available here.

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

More from The Register

next story
Has Europe cut the UK adrift on data protection?
EU reckons we've one foot out the door anyway
Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
'Greenhouse effect is real, but as for the rest of it ...'
'Blow it up': Plods pop round for chat with Commonwealth Games tweeter
You'd better not be talking about the council's housing plans
Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold
Ministry of Fun confirms: Yes, we're busy doing nothing
Government's 'Google Review' copyright rules become law
Welcome in a New Era ... of copyright litigation
Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov
Copyright law reforms will keep m'learned friends busy
Apple smacked with privacy sueball over Location Services
Class action launched on behalf of 100 million iPhone owners
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.