After being sentenced to three years in jail for selling narcotics, Jerry Herrington spent the bulk of his time behind bars telling anyone who'd listen that the judge had said "two" years, not "three" when she handed down the sentence in court. Unsurprisingly, nobody really took Herrington seriously, and his quest to prove that he was the victim of a clerical error twisted around in Kafkaesque circles, with prison officials repeatedly telling him the transcript was not in his file, and court officials insisting "should" be in his prison file. The Times reports it wasn't until he was released that Herrington finally cut through the red tape and scored a copy of the transcript—and lo and behold, it proved him right!

The transcript provided to Herrington upon his release in 2008 quotes Justice Brenda Soloff as delivering a two-year sentence. But before Herrington could file a lawsuit against the city, the Times started asking questions, and the paper was sent "a second transcript in which every word was exactly the same, except for the sentencing: it said three years rather than two. Court officials said that there originally had been a transcription error of the hearing on March 14, 2007, and that three years was the correct sentence."

Herrington, 60, isn't buying it. He argues that it's not bloody likely both he and the stenographer heard the judge say two instead of three. "There’s no doubt; I know what I heard," Herrington said tells the Times. "It’s just like a cover-up." Reached for comment, the judge in the case, Brenda Soloff, said not only did she retire several months after sentencing Herrington, but she threw out her notes, and simply doesn't remember the case. Well, isn't that convenient? We can only assume that after hanging up the phone with the Times, the judge glanced uneasily over at an elderly man chain-smoking in a shadowy corner of her office and said, "We have a problem: Herrington's getting to close to the Syndicate."