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Old 12-31-2011, 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by sugarmaple View Post
My friend's mom was murdered - it was not an act of passion - ultimately the prosecutor who had said he would not plea the case, did plea the case, the offender received 15-to life; the offender served 2 years while waiting to go to trial via cazillion motions, ended up serving 8 years and with "good time served" was released - not even serving the minimum. Why the change? Prosecutor said, just before the trial was to start, "well, maybe it could be viewed as manslaughter instead". Not too much justice for the family, for sure.
I'm sure the prosecutor did all he/she could, but if a defense attorney can poke holes in the states case, or present comparable cases that resulted in a much lesser sentence than what the prosecutor wants or a particular plea deal, there's not much he/she can do about it. Precedent cases and the defense attorney's ability to poke holes in the states case is what ultimately determines the outcome.
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Old 01-01-2012, 01:27 PM
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Hi Bicoastal10, I am in agreement with you, for the most part [smile] and in many/most cases - I know this case well, unfortunately, and the situation[s] and the prosecutor - unfortunately w/this case, it was more political than justice served. I certainly want to think at least, in more situations than not, the prosecutors care more about justice than...
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:52 PM
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US is lenient on criminals unless they are prosecuted under federal statutes. That does NOT include violent crimes of rape, murder, etc...... For those, people are basically given the basic reprimands they have been given all their lives: "TIME OUT". We will feed you, clothe you, keep your place immaculate, give you cable television, outdoor exercise time...........at the "minimum" cost of $60k per person per year. Yes, the people you offended (citizens)will pay your bill and pay for your lawyer when you are denied tv OR if you have a knife in your possession.

The Time Out philosophy has got to go cuz that is all you get in America for atrocities unless they are along the lines of Jeffrey Dahmer. Don't you think the "eye for an eye" mantra might deter people from EVER becoming serious offenders? I think there is a happy medium between them.

Yes, married and staunchly defended an habitual felon for 12 years. After all he was "innocent" right???? Quit being a fool like I was. I haven't been so in a long time. Unless you've been there, you DO NOT KNOW. You read biased information and GUESS how you would react

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