Attorney General Eric Holder Delivers Remarks at the Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association's House of Delegates explains the federal government is attempting to bypass the mandatory sentencing rules. I confess I enthusiastically support the idea, but not the method. Like Supreme Court Justice John Roberts, I believe the executive branch is supposed to enforce laws, not pick and choose which laws to enforce. However, with the political gridlock in Congress, there needs to be imbalance.
St. Petersburg woman fights again to keep father's killers in prison explains a woman is going to her 28th appearance before the parole commission. She wants them to die in prison. The crime was committed 39 years ago.
Mmm. Judge who had 'no passion for punishment' retires after 31 years provides a counter-perspective. The prime reason for leaving - "he had simply grown too tired of sentencing." Many people need punishment to control their actions. Others outgrew that need in primary school. Others are in between. I am with Eric Holder - let's be smarter about sentencing in our justice system.