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  • Baltimore’s “generous” court system releases a murderer, now back in jail

    12/09/2017 11:41:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 9, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    While this story takes place in Baltimore, it could just as well be unfolding anywhere in the United States. A few years ago there was a deal cut in Charm City through the office of Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby. Between 2012 and 2015 more than 170 inmates convicted of violent crimes were released early because previous sentencing guidelines and court procedures were considered too “unfair” for modern sensibilities. Among those set free was one Wendell Beard, who had been serving a life sentence for the murder of real estate broker Beryl Friedrick back in the seventies.And why not,...
  • Anthony Weiner - Spare Me Judge! I'm Getting Better for Huma and Our Son

    09/14/2017 3:44:54 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    TMZ ^ | September 13, 2017
    Anthony Weiner says he's turned a corner in his recovery, and he's asking a judge to show leniency when he's sentenced for sending obscene material to a minor. Weiner fired off the letter to the judge in his case, saying, "I am 345 days off my destructive behaviors and have a daily practice to help me never return to them." Those behaviors include his multiple sexting scandals ... the last of which involved his lewd online communication with a 15-year-old. Weiner pleaded guilty, and will be sentenced Sept. 25. The letter, obtained by TMZ, contains repeated references to his treatment...
  • Democrat to try solving Chicago gun violence with sentencing

    12/11/2016 5:21:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 11, 2016 10:17 AM EST | Ivan Moreno
    The refrain is heard almost as often as the fatal gunshots: The way to reduce Chicago’s gun violence is tougher prison sentences for repeat gun offenders, keeping them off the streets and decreasing the city’s mounting death toll. That idea, pushed by the mayor, police superintendent and others, shifts pressure from patrol officers of the city’s West and South sides to the Capitol, where legislators will consider how to balance law and order with finding alternatives to imprisoning young blacks and other minorities.In that building, in the same Senate seat where Barack Obama launched his political career and focused on...
  • Convict to Judge: "Did You Just Give Me 40 Years?" — Then All Hell Breaks Loose!

    06/25/2016 3:21:26 PM PDT · by WayneDupreeShow · 49 replies
    Newsninja2012 ^ | 6-25-16 | Wayne Dupree
    Sometimes you see weird stuff on Youtube during court sentencing, but this one takes the cake. Convict Ricky Hand, 46, was in court this past Wednesday to receiving sentencing for participating in multiple "armed" robberies. Either he didn't want his freedom, or he wanted to be locked up because any sensible citizen knows you just don't do that. Hand blamed drugs for his crime "fetish." Well, the judge didn't find it funny nor did he think Hand should get a slap on the wrist as pulling a weapon to steal and placing lives in danger is not a ticket to...
  • Iowa Supreme Court bans life without parole for teen killers

    05/27/2016 11:13:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    AP ^ | May 27, 2016 | Ryan J. Foley
    A divided Iowa Supreme Court on Friday banned judges from imposing life prison sentences without the possibility of parole on juveniles convicted of first-degree murder. The court ruled 4-3 that the sentence amounts to cruel and unusual punishment under the Iowa Constitution. Even juveniles who commit the most heinous crimes should someday have the option of proving to the Iowa Board of Parole that they have been rehabilitated and are fit for release, Justice Brent Appel wrote for the majority.
  • AG Loretta Lynch wants to let nation break law without consequences

    03/27/2016 12:15:06 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 27, 2016 | Paul Sperry
    As New York moves to decriminalize low-level offenses, arguing enforcement is "rigged against communities of color," other large cities are coming under pressure from the Justice Department to do the same thing. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has issued a warning to municipal and state judges across the country that their courts could lose federal funding if they don't ease up on fines and arrest warrants for minor crimes involving poor offenders, indigent minorities in particular. In lieu of fines and jail time, Lynch urges the nation's 6,500 municipal courts to provide an avenue for offenders to perform "community service" or...
  • Police against initiative to lower jailing age to 12

    11/22/2015 2:15:35 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/11/15 | Tova Dvorin
    Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Social Welfare Minister Haim Katz are pushing an initiative to lower the age of criminal responsibility to 12 - but the Israel Police itself is against the idea. Police believe that lowering the age by which minors convicted of violent crimes can be jailed will encourage, not discourage, crime. "We maintain that it is necessary that the law allow police to arrest minors in exceptional cases," an opinion submitted by the Legal Counsel of the Department of Investigations (CID) states, Walla! News reports. "[But] the detention of minors under age 14 as proposed would not...
  • 'Sentencing Reform' Kills Cops

    10/28/2015 2:18:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Front Page ^ | October 28, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The only defense that ordinary people have against the pro-crime network is to hold politicians accountable for “sentencing reform”. As Senator Cruz said, “If a prisoner that we voted to release goes and commits another crime, another murder, another sexual assault, another robbery, we can fully expect to be held accountable by our constituents.”When a police officer is murdered by a drug dealer, we must look at the politicians who helped him do it. When an ordinary person is murdered, raped or robbed, not only the criminal record of the attacker, but the “sentencing reform” record of the politicians who...
  • Dem: Scott Walker 'tightening the noose, literally' around blacks

    08/24/2015 1:20:39 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 24, 2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) said Monday that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican presidential candidate, is "tightening the noose, literally" around African-Americans. Moore, a black lawmaker from Milwaukee, made the comment during a phone call with reporters that coincided with Walker campaigning in the early voting state of South Carolina. Moore said Walker was "literally campaigning around the state, saying you don't want to be like Milwaukee, while at the same time really tightening the noose, literally, around African-Americans." "He cut his teeth on 'three strikes and you're out' mandatory minimum sentences — really, you know, trail 'em, nail 'em...
  • U.S. political fundraiser gets 12 years for bank fraud

    07/16/2010 12:43:12 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    Hassan Nemazee, an Iranian-American businessman who raised money for the political campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for defrauding Bank of America Corp, Citigroup Inc and HSBC Holdings Plc out of $292 million. U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein imposed the sentence on Thursday following Nemazee's March 18 guilty plea in Manhattan federal court to charges of bank fraud and wire fraud over loan transactions with the three major banks. Nemazee said he needed the money to pay debts arising from his dealings in hedge funds and properties.
  • Up to 44 years for man in fatal Pittsburgh police dog stabbing

    03/10/2015 11:28:42 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 19 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | March 10, 2015 | uncredited
    A man convicted of fatally stabbing a Pittsburgh police dog has been sentenced to 17 years, 9 months to 44 years in prison. A judge said Tuesday that John Lewis Rush must also serve 8 years of probation following his release. Channel 11's Jennifer Tomazic reports the judge sentenced John Rush on each charge and the sentence will run consecutively. The 22-year-old Stowe Township resident was convicted in December of torturing a police animal, aggravated assault on the dog's handler, who was stabbed in a shoulder, and three other officers and other offenses. Police say Rush stabbed the dog in...
  • Lawyers look to avoid prison for Bob McDonnell before sentencing

    01/06/2015 6:44:08 AM PST · by GodAndCountryFirst · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 5, 2015 | Phillip Swarts
    A federal judge in Richmond on Tuesday will sentence Bob McDonnell on public corruption charges that could land the former Virginia governor in prison for more than a decade. Sentencing guidelines stipulate that McDonnell should receive around 10 years in prison after his September conviction on charges he accepted more than $150,000 in gifts from a wealthy businessman in exchange for preferential treatment. But the governor’s defense lawyers have argued that McDonnell should only serve 6,000 hours, or 250 days, of community service. Jeffrey Bellin, a law professor at The College of William and Mary, said judges have wide discretion...
  • Holder bypasses U.S. Sentencing Commission in mandatory minimums, angers U.S. Attorneys

    04/10/2014 12:33:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/10/14 | Kelly Ridell
    Attorney General Eric Holder has infuriated U.S. Assistant Attorneys by not waiting for the U.S. Sentencing Commission to recommend reductions of sentencing guidelines for drug offenders and pushing them to prosecute based on his new guidelines. “We do not join with others who regard our federal justice system as ‘broken’ or in need of major reconstruction,” the National Association of U.S. Assistant Attorneys said in a letter to Mr. Holder in January. “Instead we consider the current federal mandatory minimum sentence framework well constructed and worth preserving.” In August, Mr. Holder unveiled his “Smart on Crime” initiative, seeking to “reserve
  • Father-of-two, 25, sentenced to life for stealing a POWER TOOL: (Louisiana)

    11/14/2013 3:17:52 PM PST · by dennisw · 82 replies
    dailymail ^ | 14 November 2013 | By Louise Boyle
    Patrick W. Matthews was jailed in 2009 at the age of 22, for stealing a $750 welding machine in Lousiana He was convicted under Habitual Offender Law - because he robbed a fruit stand as a teenager with a drug problem 3,278 people are incarcerated in the U.S. for minor offenses and 65% of inmates are black, according to ACLU The family of a young father have revealed their heartache as he serves a life sentence - for stealing a power tool. Patrick W. Matthews was jailed in 2009 at the age of 22, for stealing a $750 welding machine,...
  • Matthews Bemoans Manning Sentence: 'Frail Guy Who Doesn't Look Threatening To Anyone'

    08/21/2013 11:53:28 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 39 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    So what if he disclosed information that potentially threatened American lives and security interests? Manning's a "frail guy who doesn't look threatening to anyone." So you have to question the length of his sentence. Such was the bizarre logic that Chris Matthews employed as he bemoaned Bradley Mannings' sentence--which could in practice see him freed in less than 10 years. Matthews was also moved by the fact that in military prison, Manning will be surrounded by people "who won't like him." View the video here.
  • Bradley Manning sentencing to happen Wednesday

    08/20/2013 10:20:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 20, 2013 | AP
    FORT MEADE, Maryland-A U.S. military judge on Tuesday started considering the sentence of soldier Bradley Manning for the largest leak of classified information in the country's history - and she said it will be announced Wednesday morning.
  • Jacksons' sentencings reset for Aug. 14

    07/02/2013 3:22:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/02/13 | Katherine Skiba
    WASHINGTON — Aug. 14 is the new sentencing date for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi Jackson, a former Chicago alderman. The federal judge who will decide the fate of the South Side Democrats announced the new date today. On Monday, the judge had ordered a postponement of the sentencings, which were scheduled for this Wednesday. Jackson Jr. will be sentenced at 8:30 a.m. Chicago time and Sandi Jackson at 9:30 a.m. Chicago time on Aug. 14, which is a Wednesday.
  • Sentencing of Jackson Jr. and wife postponed (court's schedule and workload?)

    07/01/2013 6:43:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/01/13 | Katherine Skiba
    WASHINGTON — The sentencings of former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., and his wife, Sandi, were postponed Monday, with no new date set. The South Side Democrats had been scheduled to learn their fates Wednesday, until the delay was announced by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is not related to the pair. A court spokesman said neither the prosecution nor defense asked for the postponement. "The matter was rescheduled to accommodate the court's schedule and workload — neither side requested a continuance," said Jenna Gatski, a spokeswoman for the U.S. District Court.
  • Vermont Court to Sentence Pastor for Helping Virginia Ex-Lesbian, Child Flee Country

    03/04/2013 8:51:42 AM PST · by HokieMom · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | March 4, 2013 | Anugrah Kumar
    A federal court is scheduled on Monday to sentence a Mennonite pastor who was convicted of helping a Lesbian-turned-Christian woman to flee the country with her daughter after her former partner was awarded custody of the girl. Kenneth L. Miller of Stuarts Draft, Va., will appear before Burlington, Vt., Judge William Sessions on Monday afternoon, and faces up to three years in prison, according to The Associated Press. Prosecutors want Miller to be sentenced to two-and-a-half or three years in prison – the maximum sentence for his conviction in abetting international parental kidnapping. "Because of his brazen intervention, a child...
  • Rod Blagojevich sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption

    12/07/2011 1:39:37 PM PST · by DoughtyOne · 81 replies · 1+ views
    guardian.co.uk ^ | December 7th, 2011 - Wednesday | guardian.co.uk staff
    Rod Blagojevich, the ousted Illinois governor whose three-year battle against criminal charges became a national spectacle, was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday, one of the stiffest penalties imposed for corruption in a state with a history of crooked politics.