Re: LAW: Mandatory Sentences

From: E. Shaun Russell (
Date: Sun Apr 16 2000 - 07:01:28 MDT

Greg Burch wrote:
>US Federal judges have been dealing with lots of mandatory sentences for a
>long time. All the ones I've talked to or read comments by HATE them. They
>say that mandatory sentences result in palpable injustice too often and
>causes absurd charging and plea bargaining when even the prosecutors can't
>stand to see them applied.

What a horrible notion. Each case obviously has a multitude of specifics,
and is almost always different in some way from each case before it. Judge
rulings reflect that. By imposing mandatory sentences, the right to fair
trial as well as freedom of speech are demolished in one fell swoop. The
law is an often infuriating, often beautiful piece of complex work...but
for good reason. Keeping it this way for now, is much better than the

BTW, which kind of laws are these mandatory sentences referring to?

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