Saturday, September 22, 2007

"Finger in Chili" woman wins appeal

What the heck am I talking about, right? Unless the Wendy's logo sparks your memory. On March 22, 2005, Anna Ayala claimed she found a finger in her bowl of Wendy's chili. Subsequent investigations found a history of lawsuits in her past, and eventually it was discovered that the severed finger belonged to an associate of her husband's, Brian Paul Rossiter, and had been planted in the chili. Both Ayala and her husband Jaime Placencia received nine year prison terms.

Ayala won an appeal based on the January U.S. Supreme Court ruling which stated that California's sentencing law violates the right to a trial by jury because it allows judges to adjust a prison term based on facts that were not presented to the jury.

The Sixth District Court of Appeal's decision will require re-sentencing of Ayala on one of the three felony counts she had been sentenced on, and could cut two years or more off her jail time.

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