January 19, 2011
Professor John Burkoff commented in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on the reasons for the guilty plea by defendant Christina Korbe in the homicide case in which she shot and killed FBI Agent Samuel Hicks during a drug raid. Korbe will serve less than sixteen years, and many in law enforcement said they felt betrayed by this "slap on the wrist." But Professor Burkoff said taking the case to trial involved risks for both the government and the defendant, resulting in a compromise. "There will always be people who think she should have gotten more or should have gotten less time," he said.