Originally published September 12, 2012 at 10:23a.m., updated September 12, 2012 at 04:57p.m.

Judge refuses to toss sentence of ex-KU official convicted in ticket scandal


— A federal judge is refusing to throw out the sentence of a former University of Kansas assistant athletics director convicted in a $2 million ticket scalping conspiracy.

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot on Wednesday agreed with prosecutors that Rodney Jones had filed his petition too late.

Belot denied Jone's request without holding a hearing.

Jones is serving a 46-month federal prison sentence in Oklahoma. He was among seven people convicted in a scheme to illegally sell Jayhawk season tickets.

In his filing last month, Jones had claimed his lawyer did a poor job. He had argued his defense attorney prevented him from cooperating with an internal university investigation. Two defendants who did cooperate received probation.


kureader 10 years, 2 months ago

... and, the thief who just won't admit he did anything wrong and continues to blame others and say he was treated unfairly. They should LENGTHEN his sentence.

HAWKLICIOUS 10 years, 2 months ago

I am guessing that Mr. Jones' filing started with the famous Animal House line -- "Point of parliamentary procedure” – any who – back to work I go!

KEITHMILES05 10 years, 2 months ago

These damn former people of WEF and administration think they are bigger than God. They have no shame. Disgusting.

gchawk 10 years, 2 months ago

Sorry, I didn't see that you already beat me to the line.

Phoghorn 10 years, 2 months ago

Donde esta Squawkhawk? He should be all over this.

Shelly Harshaw 10 years, 2 months ago

Wasn't Rodney Jones pretty much the ring leader is this scandel?

AS 10 years, 2 months ago

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ptub23 10 years, 2 months ago

If an attorney does something that legitimately affected the fairness of the case, or provided Ineffective assistance of counsel, a judge can, and should, provide relief in any number of ways, including reducing or throwing out the sentence altogether. Mr. Jones was represented by Gerry Handley, who is one of the finest white-collar criminal attorneys in the area. And this is not the opinion off a friend of's just a basically accepted fact. Mr. Handley knows exactly what he is doing and the sentence actually imposed was likely far less than the original plea offer.

homechanger 10 years, 2 months ago

So he wants his sentence reduced because his lawyer prevented him from being a bigger rat? After prison he will always be the rat with a "bad" lawyer. What a punk.

wildjayhawk 10 years, 2 months ago

KU, drugs, scandal, better flush the whole thing down the drain.

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