June 14, 2005

They will, no doubt, be hanged . . .


Two men caught in a police sting operation trying to sell early copies of the new Harry Potter book (see last week’s MobyLives news digest) have been arraigned in a British courtroom and charged with theft. As a BBC News wire story reports, 19-year-old Aaron Lambert is accused of ” stealing two copies of the book from a distribution centre in Corby,” as well as possessing a “replica handgun” used to threaten a report from the Sun newspaper, to whom he was attempting to sell the books. Also charged was Christopher Brown, 37, who is accused of participating with Lambert, of possessing an “offensive weapon,” and of “handling the stolen books.”

Dennis Johnson is the founder of MobyLives, and the co-founder and co-publisher of Melville House.