I don't care how much you are provoked you gotta know that the wrath of God is going to come down on you if you burn a cross in someone's yard. How stupid can you be?
I'm not a fan of prosecutors having the ability to appeal results they don't think are severe enough. And I think a year was probably too severe (especially considering the other perpetrator was getting no time). Still, you have to wonder what the judge was thinking. The guy should have seen the inside of a cell for at least a week or two.
Another question which comes to mind is why were the feds were dealing with something this petty? Don't tell me that local law enforcement couldn't have dealt with these Huckleberries.