THE CHAPMANS GO TO COURT WITH AN "INSIDE EDITION" CAMERA IN TOW
There were cameras pointing at cameras that were pointing at people who had gathered outside the courtroom Tuesday morning to watch Andrew Luster get sentenced.
The reason two of the cameras were there was because of Duane "Dog" Chapman and his wife Beth who said they wanted to justice to be served were there.
Oh, yeah and the Chapmans are also starring in a new reality TV show, "Dog and Beth: On the Hunt."
The case has drawn national attention and after Luster fled to Mexico, Chapman who later got to star of the reality TV show "Dog the Bounty Hunter" captured Luster.
Chapman who didn't miss a photo op with fans at the courthouse said Luster's mother Elizabeth Luster was as "mean as a rattlesnake."
Chapman told me that Elizabeth Luster who stood less than 10 feet away hated him.
"Because I arrested her son. I tried to talk to her but she won't talk to me," said Chapman who complained that Elizabeth was giving him dirty looks.
So what did you think of Luster's 50-year sentence? a reporter later asked Chapman.
"Don't rape anyone in California, especially any under-aged girls," he concluded.
THE JUDGE TOOK NEARLY 30 MINUTES TO TOTAL UP LUSTER'S SENTENCE FOR HIS SEX CRIMES.
Retired Judge Kathryne Ann Stoltz, who parts her hair in the middle and sometimes has her eyeglass near the tip started tabulating Luster's sentence for the sex crimes at 11:40 p.m.
She told those in the court that sentencing felons in California is a complex process and it gets "more complicated" if the sentencing is for sex crimes.
In this case, every time Luster had to adjust the camera, lights, change the music or change clothes while he was committing these despicable sex acts it counted, by law, as a separate felony act when he resumed the assaults.
So when Luster stopped and started the rapes, each time he started again, another felony count was tacked on to the charges.
The judge, basically, had to figure out how many stops and starts there were and in graphic detail describe, for the record, what happened in the video and what Luster was doing with objects and to the victims.
In other words, by law, she had to be very specific because Luster is entitled to know why the court came up with a 124-year-sentence 10 years ago.
That's what an appeals court stated in granting him an evidentiary hearing.
While totaling up the counts against Luster, the judge said:
"There are a lot of these. This is going to take some time."
A while later, she asked the court reporter who is taking down what she is saying for the record: "Am I going to fast for you?"
No, the court reporter replies.
The judge empties her lungs, telling those in the courtroom: "We're coming to the end folks. Don't lose heart."
At 12:05, she said: "We are coming to an end here. You'll be happy to know."
"Did I do (count) 68 yet?" she asked and then said she was skipping to count 70.
She finished at 12:10 and came up with 50 years, giving Luster 977 days of good time credits and actual time served behind bars.
She also gave him credit for time while Luster was on an electronic monitor before he cut it and fled to the Mexico, rejecting the prosecutor's argument that he wasn't entitled to credit during this time.
Prosecutor Michelle Contois told the judge that Luster wasn't actually confined, was allowed to have visitors and for 12 hours a day, he was "off-the-radar, literally."
But the judge pointed out to Contois that in 2003 the probation office felt he was entitled to be given credit towards his sentence for the time he served while wearing an electronic monitor.
The judge said she sentenced Luster to 17 years for raping one victim; 12 years for another and 18 years for the third victim.
COURTHOUSE OBSERVER WHO SAT AT LUSTER'S TRIAL 13 YEARS AGO SAID SENTENCE IS FAIR
Mickey Schlein, the 80-plus-year-old courthouse observer, who sat through Luster's trial 10 years ago said he thought Luster's sentence was fair.
"I thought he was going to get 40 years," Schlein, of Ventura, said.
THE JUDGE GOT A NICE PAYCHECK FOR WORK ON THE HEARING AND CASE
Retired Judge Kathryne Stoltz who once presided at Los Angeles Superior Court, is paid $657.93 for each day she is on the bench or is working on the case, according to Cathal Conneely, who is the spokesman for the California Supreme Court.
Conneeley said this is what all state retired judges make a day when preside over cases.
They also get a pension.