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1 Skip Intro  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 9:09:10am

I can’t understand why firing a warning shot is worth 20 years in the slammer when shooting someone dead leaves you free and makes you a celebrity.

2 Dark_Falcon  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 9:12:12am

re: #1 Skip Intro

I can’t understand why firing a warning shot is worth 20 years in the slammer when shooting someone dead leaves you free and makes you a celebrity.

Vagrancies of the law, is the best way I can put it.

3 blueraven  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 9:13:32am

re: #1 Skip Intro

I can’t understand why firing a warning shot is worth 20 years in the slammer when shooting someone dead leaves you free and makes you a celebrity.

Florida, that’s why.

4 Political Atheist  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 9:31:38am

re: #1 Skip Intro

I can’t understand why firing a warning shot is worth 20 years in the slammer when shooting someone dead leaves you free and makes you a celebrity.

It’s like this. When a Judge sentences a convicted person his guide is not completely unconnected cases or people. He or she goes by precedent, his or her judgement and perhaps those ubiquitous “mandatory” or “guided” sentences. Looking at unconnected cases that have some coincidental features is not justice. It’s crowd pleasing. Oh and judges like every other kind of person can screw up.

5 Dark_Falcon  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 9:33:57am

re: #4 Political Atheist

It’s like this. When a Judge sentences a convicted person his guide is not completely unconnected cases or people. He or she goes by precedent, his or her judgement and perhaps those ubiquitous “mandatory” or “guided” sentences. Looking at unconnected cases that have some coincidental features is not justice. It’s crowd pleasing. Oh and judges like every other kind of person can screw up.

In this Alexander case the judge’s hands were tied: 20 years was the mandatory sentence.

6 Political Atheist  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 9:53:45am

re: #5 Dark_Falcon

In this Alexander case the judge’s hands were tied: 20 years was the mandatory sentence.

Revelatory. And we see again the judiciary is even more maligned than the executive. It would have been a legislature that passed that mandatory sentence.

7 Ace-o-aces  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 10:16:18am

If only her husband had been wearing a hoodie, she would walk free.

8 Dark_Falcon  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:41:51pm

re: #6 Political Atheist

Revelatory. And we see again the judiciary is even more maligned than the executive. It would have been a legislature that passed that mandatory sentence.

Exactly, though to be fair to the legislature Marissa Alexander was not the sort of person they meant the ‘10/20/Life’ law to be used against. They expected it to be used against ‘thugs’, not against a woman defending herself against a thuggish husband.


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