Michael Lanese -- who asked his nine-year-old twins to clean his guns without supervision after he attended a gun show with them, then fled the country after one child blew the other's brains out -- was before Judge Rangos for sentencing after police arrested him in Vietnam.
Judge Rangos sent Mr. Lanese home this afternoon, "time served," after observing:
"The damage here is done and it's not repairable."
That description covers merely 99 percent of criminal prosecutions and defendants (100 percent of homicides). Unless Judge Rangos has a soft spot for lethally negligent gun nuts with a lengthy reported history of poor parenting, today's decision is inexplicable.
Judge Rangos, never among the county's better judges, should not count today among her better on the bench.
A similar courtroom performance: