Actually, to be honest, this doesn't elicit laughter from me. What it does do is confuse the hell out of me. In the British justice system we sort of work on the basis that someone is either guilty or not guilty. Heck, it works for us.
From THE DENVER POST:
The Rev. Don Armstrong has called the disposition Friday of his criminal theft case "divine intervention."
Pueblo District Attorney Bill Thiebaut, whose office provided a special prosecutor, called the disposition "just." And the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado, which last year took back Grace Church in civil court from Armstrong after he became an Anglican priest, said the end of the criminal case would bring "healing to all those harmed by Armstrong's actions." Yet reports and interpretation of the plea deal have created confusion. Armstrong, 61, and his attorney, Dennis Hartley, have said in statements and interviews recently that the charges were reduced to one "fictitious" count of misdemeanor theft. They called it close to a dismissal.
"It is still his contention he did nothing wrong," Hartley said Monday.
Armstrong also entered an Alford plea, which means pleading guilty with a protestation of innocence, to a single misdemeanor charge. The agreement states there is no factual basis to the misdemeanor charge, but the defendant pleads to it to obtain the benefit of the plea agreement.
COMMENT: We are sad to report that during that last sentence MadPriest's head exploded.