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  • 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 ^ | December 7th, 2011 - Wednesday | 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.
  • Tony Rezko sentenced to 10.5 years in prison (wow!)

    11/22/2011 9:17:22 AM PST · by STARWISE · 114 replies · 2+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 11-22-11 | Natasha Korecki
    A federal judge sentenced Tony Rezko to 10 1/2 years in prison Tuesday, describing his actions under Rod Blagojevich’s tenure as “selfish and corrupt.” Rezko has already served about 44 months. His daughter burst into tears at hearing the sentence. U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve said she found it offensive that Rezko put at risk the Teachers’ Retirement System by scheming for kickbacks with a board member in 2004. “You put their retirements at risk for your own greed and your own thirst for power,” St. Eve said. A pale, thin Rezko gave a brief statement before he learned...
  • How much time will Tony Rezko serve? (sentencing today- will he stay mum forever?)

    11/22/2011 8:38:37 AM PST · by STARWISE · 29 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 11-21-11 | Natasha Korecki
    Long known as the “political fixer,” who was friends with a politically young Barack Obama, Tony Rezko once grabbed headlines in a presidential campaign. At the same time in Illinois, Rezko’s name was synonymous with a federal investigation into former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. But since Rezko volunteered to go jail after his 2008 conviction, he’s settled in as not much more than a footnote in both politics and corruption. That’s partly because the investigation into Blagojevich exploded after Rezko’s trial, taking a new turn involving the sale of President Obama’s U.S. Senate seat — conduct that happened when Rezko was...
  • On Playing The Dwarf Card: A History

    08/17/2011 11:09:36 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 8 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | 17 August, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    I often hear well-meaning people say, “Political correctness has gone mad.” I beg to differ. Political correctness is mad, period. Past, present, or future, it’s absolutely bonkers mad. Take child sexual abuse now defined as “intergenerational sex” or “complex” when the alleged perpetuator belongs to a media-endorsed tribe. Even the “dwarf card” is used by the abuse minimization crowd. Some history, from the Irish Times first though (“Man admits 26 sex abuse charges,” 03/16/2005): A Donegal man, who is a dwarf, has been given four years in jail having pleaded guilty to 26 charges of indecent assault and attempted sexual...
  • Live Updates From The Johannes Mehserle Sentencing (Riots in Oakland tonight?)

    11/05/2010 12:53:04 PM PDT · by FromLori · 16 replies
    SF Appeal ^ | 11/5/10 | Eve Batey
    8:45 AM: As you already know, the city of Oakland's hunkering down, waiting to see how Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert Perry sentences BART cop Johannes Mehserle in his manslaughter conviction for the killing of Oscar Grant Fruitvale station in Oakland on Jan. 1, 2009. The hearing just began, and we will be streaming KRON4's coverage live, above, and will be updating frequently. If you live or work in Oakland, please do let us know how the city's reacting. According to reports, most Oakland stores are open for business as usual, as are institutions like UC's Oakland offices,...
  • US abortion doctor killer gets life

    04/01/2010 6:54:10 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 25 replies · 987+ views
    Nine News ^ | April 2, 2010
    A born-again Christian who said he killed a prominent US abortion doctor to save the lives of unborn babies has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 50 years. Judge Warren Wilbert also sentenced Scott Roeder, 52, to an additional two years in prison for threatening two ushers who tried to stop him as he fled after shooting Doctor George Tiller to death in the foyer of a Kansas church last May. Tiller, 67, was one of a handful of doctors in the United States to perform abortions into the third trimester of pregnancies and...
  • Judge: Brian Kendrick sentenced to 53 years in prison (perp shot pregnant bank teller)

    02/12/2010 11:14:42 AM PST · by DemforBush · 17 replies · 539+ views
    WISH TV 8 ^ | 2/12/10 | Hyacinth Williams
    A man convicted in the Huntington Bank robbery and shooting learned his fate in court on Friday. A judge sentenced Brian Kendrick to 53 years in prison. He received 30 years for attempted murder, 14 years for robbery, 8 years for feticide, and 1 year for a handgun violation...
  • Ex-ACORN official gets probation for voter registration plan

    11/24/2009 4:56:38 AM PST · by Puppage · 9 replies · 590+ views ^ | 11/24/09 | Puppage
    A former field director for the political advocacy organization ACORN was sentenced today in district court to up to three years of probation. Christopher Edwards, who in August pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit a crime of compensation for registration of voters, a gross misdemeanor, received a suspended jail sentence and a $500 fine. He has agreed to testify against ACORN and one of its former regional directors, Amy Busefink. The Nevada attorney general’s office has accused ACORN and Busefink of operating an illegal bonus system. Tying money to or setting quotas for collecting voter registration cards...
  • U.S. Supreme Court to review issue of juvenile `lifers'

    11/08/2009 8:17:09 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 32 replies · 1,813+ views
    Miami Dade ^ | Posted on Sunday, 11.08.09 | CAROL MARBIN MILLER
    Lawyers for two Florida men who were sentenced to life without parole as juveniles will argue to the U.S. Supreme Court Monday that the penalty is cruel and unusual. Death is different. With those words, a deeply divided U.S. Supreme Court in 2005 declared that the execution of adolescents was cruel and unusual punishment, and, hence, a violation of the U.S. Constitution. The ruling halted capital punishment for juveniles in 25 states. On Monday, the lawyers for two Florida men who, as juveniles, were sentenced to life without parole for nonhomicides will ask the nation's highest court to declare the...
  • William Jefferson's D-La criminal sentencing (on Nov 13), bankruptcy hearing a month apart

    11/06/2009 4:14:43 PM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies · 405+ views
    NOLA ^ | 11/03/09 | Jonathan Tilove
    Jefferson's criminal sentencing, bankruptcy hearing a month apartBy Jonathan Tilove November 03, 2009, 6:52AM Former Rep. William Jefferson will face sentencing Nov. 13 on 11 counts of federal public corruption. But it will not be the last court hearing this fall for Jefferson. On Dec. 9, if he is still a free man, Jefferson is due to appear before Judge Jerry A. Brown in United States Bankruptcy Court in New Orleans to argue that he and his wife should be able to keep their wedding rings and that his family has the right to hold onto one of his guns....
  • Sentencing for ex-Rep. Jefferson delayed 2 weeks (Billy Jeff RAT-La gets orange jumpsuit on Nov. 13)

    10/25/2009 7:48:28 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies · 1,284+ views
    WAFB ^ | 10/19/09
    Sentencing for ex-Rep. Jefferson delayed 2 weeksUpdated: Oct 19, 2009 6:28 AM EDT ALEXANDRIA, VA (AP) - A judge has postponed for two weeks the scheduled sentencing of a former Louisiana congressman convicted of taking bribes and racketeering. A jury in northern Virginia convicted William Jefferson, a Democrat who represented parts of New Orleans, on 11 of 16 counts. Prosecutors said he received more than $500,000 in bribes and solicited millions more in exchange for using his influence to broker business deals in Africa. The sentencing had been scheduled for Oct. 30. It's now set for Nov. 13 because defense...
  • Bernard Madoff jailed until sentencing after pleading guilty to $50 billion fraud

    03/12/2009 8:44:40 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies · 1,009+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 03/12/09 | Christine Seib
    Bernard Madoff jailed until sentencing after pleading guilty to $50 billion fraud Christine Seib in New York Bernard Madoff, the disgraced Wall Street financier, was today remanded in custody until sentencing on June 16 after pleading guilty to all 11 charges relating to his $50 billion (£36 billion) investment fraud, the biggest financial scam in history. The 70-year-old, who had been on $10 million bail at his Manhattan penthouse, is expected to be sent to the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a high-rise block adjacent to the US District Court where he appeared this morning. Madoff, who faced charges including perjury, fraud...
  • How long will OJ rot prison?

    12/05/2008 4:04:16 PM PST · by mainestategop · 4 replies · 908+ views
    Okay, I keep hearing from different media outlets that OJ will be in jail for 9 years, others 33 years or 19 years and he will be eligible for parole sometime in between. The #*!# dinosaur media can't seem to make up its mind!
  • O.J. Sentencing Videos: Judge Takes Out The Trash

    12/05/2008 3:37:51 PM PST · by Bill Dupray · 16 replies · 980+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | December 5, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    Hands down the best videos of the week. Whiny murderer. No B.S. judge. Victorious Fred Goldman. More . . .
  • Liberals Win: Crack Dealer Sentences Slashed, So the Good Old Days Are Back

    11/17/2008 7:05:21 AM PST · by Dukes Travels · 11 replies · 638+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | November 17, 2008 | Gregory D. Lee
    Earlier this year, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Commission finally succumbed to years of immense political pressure from the NAACP, left-wing judges, the ACLU and other liberal groups to decriminalize the federal penalties for trafficking in crack cocaine. Now upwards of 20,000 crack dealers will be released back on inner-city streets within the next 12 months. They’ve all had years of a steady diet of “gangsta” rap music and made new drug contacts in prison, and now will not be intimidated by the new, puny prison sentences for selling gram amounts of crack cocaine. Many argued that the mandated five-to-10-year sentence...
  • Rezko Sentencing Hearing Set

    08/21/2008 6:30:13 PM PDT · by Renfield · 9 replies · 54+ views
    Muzing Minds ^ | 8-21-08
    The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Rezko’s lawyers asked for an extension from September 3rd to prepare for the sentencing hearing. "A federal judge has postponed the sentencing of convicted political fund-raiser Tony Rezko by nearly two months, pushing his sentencing hearing back to Oct. 28 — one week before the presidential election."Bringing Rezko back into the spotlight - what timing.
  • A 'green scare' in shades of gray (ELF, Briana Waters)

    05/22/2008 6:08:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies · 183+ views
    Crosscut Seattle ^ | May 22, 2008 | Kim McDonald
    Invoking the Red Scare of the 1950s, some environmentalists claim the federal government is committing something similar against the green movement of the 2000s. Of course, it could simply be vigorous enforcement of laws against violence and property damage. According to court documents, Briana Waters, convicted in the 2001 arson at the University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture, is afraid that by remaining in prison she will lose her deep connection with her three year old daughter, Kalliope. She has justification to be worried about her sentencing on Friday, May 30. Throughout the grand jury process, the indictments,...
  • A Terror Threat in the Courts

    01/13/2008 7:26:06 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 9 replies · 207+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 13, 2008 | JOHN FARMER
    JOSE PADILLA, the so-called dirty bomber, is expected to be sentenced by a federal judge in Miami this week, and judging from the reaction to his conviction last summer the case will be hailed by many as a triumph of the use of criminal law as the primary weapon against domestic terrorism. The White House will no doubt reiterate its view that the prosecution of Mr. Padilla, a United States citizen, upholds “a core American principle of impartial justice for all.” But the White House has been far from alone in praising the verdict. Perhaps because the argument over Mr....
  • Court Restores Sentencing Powers of Federal Judges

    12/12/2007 7:24:09 AM PST · by Auntie Mame · 78 replies · 71+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 10, 2007 | LINDA GREENHOUSE
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 — The Supreme Court today restored federal judges to their traditional central role in criminal sentencing. In two decisions, the court said federal district judges have broad discretion to impose what they think are reasonable sentences, even if federal guidelines call for different sentences. One decision was particularly emphatic in saying judges are free to disagree with guidelines that call for much longer sentences for offenses involving crack cocaine than for crimes involving an equivalent amount of cocaine in powdered form.
  • Conrad Black Sentenced to 6 1/2 Years in Prison

    12/10/2007 11:45:40 AM PST · by Cecily · 9 replies · 119+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 10, 2007
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Former newspaper mogul Conrad Black was sentenced Monday to 6.5 years in prison for swindling shareholders in his Hollinger International media empire out of millions of dollars. Black, 63, a Canadian-born member of the British House of Lords renowned for his lavish lifestyle and flamboyant way with words, had faced up to slightly more than 8 years in prison under sentencing guidelines determined earlier Monday by U.S. District Judge Amy J. St. Eve.
  • Vick Given 23 Month Sentence (Breaking)

    12/10/2007 7:46:54 AM PST · by thefactor · 244 replies · 159+ views
    TV | 12/10/2007 | me
    Vick given a 23 month sentence. Plus 3 years of probation. Breaking.
  • Michael Vick Sentenced to 23 Months in Jail for Role in Dogfighting Conspiracy

    12/10/2007 9:43:43 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 43 replies · 185+ views
    RICHMOND, Va. — Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison Monday for his role in a dogfighting conspiracy that involved gambling and killing pit bulls. The suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback could have been sentenced up to five years by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson. Vick, who turned himself in Nov. 19 in anticipation of his sentence, was wearing a black-and-white striped prison suit. After Vick apologized to the court and his family, Hudson told him: "You need to apologize to the millions of young people who looked up to you." "Yes, sir," Vick answered. Vick acknowledged he...
  • ACLU Lawyer Convicted of Child Porn Possession

    09/14/2007 4:48:26 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 21 replies · 1,019+ views ^ | September 11, 2007 | Hilary White
    ACLU Lawyer Convicted of Child Porn Possession Sentenced to 7 years in prison By Hilary White ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, September 11, 2007 ( - Charles Rust-Tierney, an attorney who served as the president of the Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) from 1993 to 2005, was arrested February 23, 2007 and charged with possession of child pornography. He pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography, was convicted and on September 8, was sentenced to seven years in prison. Tierney had downloaded and paid for what the judge called "abhorrent" child pornography including torture and sexual...
  • Sentencing of Couey (Jessics' Murderer) Going on Now

    08/24/2007 11:19:19 AM PDT · by I still care · 6 replies · 274+ views
    Fox News | Aug 24, 2007 | Fox News
    Going on now- Head's Up.
  • John Couey sentencing

    08/24/2007 11:18:37 AM PDT · by TaxxMann · 48 replies · 1,164+ views
    Fox News ^ | 08/24/07 | TaxxMann
    Live coverage of the court room on Fox News
  • Reputed Klansman Gets Life Sentence

    08/24/2007 12:16:48 PM PDT · by SJackson · 41 replies · 784+ views
    ABC News ^ | 8-24-07
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- James Ford Seale, a reputed Ku Klux Klansman, was sentenced Friday to three life terms in prison for his role in the 1964 abduction and murder of two black teenagers in southwest Mississippi. Seale, 72, was convicted in June on federal charges of kidnapping and conspiracy in the deaths of Charles Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee, two 19-year-olds who disappeared from Franklin County on May 2, 1964. The young men's bodies were found two months later in the Mississippi River. Seale showed no emotion as U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate read his sentence. Wingate told...

    08/03/2007 12:59:46 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 228 replies · 5,476+ views
    A little bird | 08/02/07 | RaceBannon
    The family is devastated. Sht Hutchins is reuced in rank to private, sentenced to 15 years Leavenworth, forfiture of all pay and allowances, and upon release is dishonorably discharged.
  • Judge Orders Man to Clean Vets' Memorial With Toothbrush for Iraq War Memorial Scam[Michigan]

    07/29/2007 1:00:00 PM PDT · by BGHater · 16 replies · 831+ views
    AP ^ | 28 July 2007 | AP
    A 73-year-old man has been ordered to clean a veterans memorial with a toothbrush for taking part in a scam to solicit scrap yards for metal, saying it was to be used to build a memorial for soldiers in the Iraq war. Philip Kolinski and another man were arrested after scrap yards reported the men soliciting metal donations for a sculpture. Detectives said the men sold the metal and kept the money. "You certainly should be ashamed," Saginaw County District Court Judge A.T. Frank said as he sentenced Kolinski to clean the veterans memorial in front of Governmental Center on...
  • SUV firebomber gets 12 years

    07/26/2007 6:26:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies · 1,376+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | July 26, 2007
    A man who set firebombs in seven large SUVs last March pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 years in prison Wednesday. Grant Barnes... using the methods of the eco-terrorist group Earth Liberation Front... When Barnes was arrested, police found a box of seven of the devices in the back of his car. Police said they are replicas of bombs shown on ELF's Web site.
  • Paintballer Sentenced in Terror Case(10 years in prison)

    07/24/2007 5:26:00 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies · 595+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2007 | MATTHEW BARAKAT ap
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- A man once accused of aiding the Taliban with a U.S. group that trained with paintball guns was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison for lying to authorities about training with militants in Pakistan.Under normal sentencing guidelines, Sabri Benkahla would have received at most a three-year term for his convictions this year on charges of lying to a grand jury, obstruction of justice and making a false statement.
  • Suspect Arrested in Case of Woman Attacked in Church Fights Back

    05/18/2007 6:09:22 PM PDT · by DancesWithCats · 6 replies · 381+ views
    Fox news ^ | 05/18/07 | DancesWithCats
    They caught him! He's been arrested ... for the 12th time!! This ugly fella has been in and out and out and in and is such a repeat offender he could serve as the mascot for the revolving door of justice. He's a former psychiatric patient, homeless with a lengthy record dating back to 1981. WHY was he loose on the street and able to attack this poor woman? Because our courts have NO spine! NO teeth! It's the 'awww, poor you' defense all over again. Oh my when will we demand much more from our judges, our courts, our...
  • Man sentenced to life in prison for inappropriate relationship with child

    04/27/2007 3:26:06 AM PDT · by deaconjim · 17 replies · 886+ views
    The Macon Telegraph ^ | Apr. 27, 2007 | Amy Leigh Womack
    A Middle Georgia man has been sentenced to mandatory life in prison without parole after being found guilty of enticing a 12-year-old child to travel with him to Florida to engage in sexual conduct, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office news release. Samuel Robert Cole reportedly befriended the victim's family and took the child to Florida without parental permission on Sept. 16, 2006. While at a motel, Cole had sexual contact with the victim. The child later reported the incident to a parent, who notified law enforcement, according to the release. Further investigation reportedly revealed Cole had been convicted of...
  • Lax sentencing results in further loss of life

    04/23/2007 5:51:18 PM PDT · by arclightzero · 3 replies · 395+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 4/20/07 | Star Tribune
    Last June, Dontaro Riddley, who had just turned 19, robbed a northeast Minneapolis convenience store at gunpoint. He pleaded guilty and received a sentence approved by the Hennepin County attorney's office -- one year in the workhouse. Under state sentencing guidelines, he could have been sent to prison for four years. Instead, that was left hanging over his head to encourage good behavior after he served six months at the workhouse and was released. A month after his release, police said, he killed two men selected randomly for a robbery when they were walking home from a neighborhood bar in...
  • Australian Detainee Heads Toward Sentencing in Guantanamo

    03/29/2007 6:32:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 165+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, March 28, 2007 – Australian detainee David Hicks, who entered a guilty plea March 26 to a charge of material support for terrorism, is expected to be sentenced by the end of the week, military officials said. Officials today released information about how the military commission will move forward with sentencing, a process that has not been tried either in the previous round of military commissions last year or under the Military Commissions Act of 2006, established after the Supreme Court struck down the first commissions process as unconstitutional. Before the military commission members...
  • Cruel and sadly usual: Prisons shouldn't be mental wards

    03/26/2007 6:05:15 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 27 replies · 823+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Monday, March 26, 2007 | Jamie Fellner
    Twelve years ago a federal judge ruled unconstitutional California’s practice of putting mentally ill prisoners in solitary confinement. It is, he said, the equivalent of putting an “asthmatic in a room with no air.” Since then, inmates have won settlements or court orders in 12 states to keep prisoners with serious mental illness out of “solitary” or what corrections officials prefer to call segregation. In Massachusetts, there will likely be a similar victory in the lawsuit filed last week against the Department of Corrections. The evidence is overwhelming that it is cruel and a violation of basic human dignity to...
  • CA: Senate approves bill seeking to change California sentencing law(partisan Iraq vote cast also)

    02/13/2007 9:12:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 174+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/13/07 | Don Thompson - ap
    Judges would get more discretion to sentence criminals under a bill passed Tuesday by the state Senate in response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. The court invalidated California's current law because it requires judges to choose the middle of three sentencing options unless the facts of a particular case justify a shorter or longer prison sentence. By law, many of the factors judges weigh in that decision are never considered by jurors. The justices said it is unconstitutional to increase a sentence based on facts that were not found true by a jury. The Senate bill, sent to...
  • CA: Lawmakers poised to consider altering Calif. sentencing law

    02/08/2007 6:32:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 238+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/8/07 | David Kravets - ap
    California lawmakers are poised to vote on legislation to counter a U.S. Supreme Court ruling invalidating the state's criminal sentencing law. Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, the proposal's chief architect, said SB40 is set to go before the state Senate on Tuesday. Her announcement Thursday came a day after the California Supreme Court also weighed into the dispute and urged lawmakers to respond to the Jan. 22 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue is a California law that currently demands that judges "shall" sentence inmates to the middle of three options unless factors, many that did not go...
  • Winning This Election With a Topic That Will Resonate

    10/18/2006 6:21:34 PM PDT · by Yomin Postelnik · 6 replies · 335+ views
    Myth Debunker | 10/18/06 | Yomin Postelnik
    Great campaigns have been formed when bright ideas, rarely at the forefront of the public mind but which resonate with vigorous strength when introduced, are presented. I can think of no better issue that could accomplish this in this day and age than alternative sentencing. The issue, if presented correctly, has the power to change the focus of the election. The reasoning is simple. Most people believe that in today's day and age, when a variety of options exist to deal with and deter crime, no one who isn't a threat to society should ever be locked up. Indeed, it...
  • High court hears Calif. cases on sentencing, victims in court

    10/11/2006 10:21:06 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 439+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 10/11/06 | Pete Yost - ap
    WASHINGTON The Supreme Court waded back into the issue of prison sentences Wednesday to determine when a judge's discretion to impose additional time behind bars violates a convict's constitutional rights. In two major rulings since 2004, the court has said that systems that allow judges alone to decide facts that lead to longer prison terms violate a defendant's Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial. The lawyer for a former California police officer told justices Wednesday that the state's sentencing law is another such example. John Cunningham should have been sentenced to 12 years in prison after a jury convicted...
  • SHAC Stiff Sentencing Is a Victory for Medical Research

    09/13/2006 12:01:35 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 8 replies · 612+ views ^ | 9 12 06 | George Goodno
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Foundation for Biomedical Research today applauds the stiff sentencing imposed against three members of a radical animal-rights activist group, known as SHAC USA. Federal District Court Judge Anne E. Thompson delivered the sentencing against the group and three of its six members – who were convicted last March on all charged counts for their roles in a campaign to terrorize an animal research company and its employees. Judge Thompson stopped short of delivering the maximum punishment available, though she did sentence the SHAC entity to five years of probation plus restitution and assessments...
  • Man Who Attacked Transsexuals Gets 206-Year Sentence

    08/20/2006 1:06:19 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies · 2,196+ views
    NBC San Diego ^ | August 18, 2006
    Sexual Assaults Took Place In August 2005A gunman who sexually assaulted two transsexuals and a transvestite last summer was sentenced on Friday afternoon to 206 years to life in prison. In April, a judge found Joel Kuechmann guilty of multiple charges, including rape by a foreign object, forced oral copulation and possession of a firearm. He will also be sentenced for dissuading a witness from reporting a crime. Prosecutor Dwayne Moring said he was satistifed with the verdict. "I'm pleased with the verdict, because in this case, the defendant preyed upon individuals who he believed would be too frightened to...
  • CA: Live testimony at issue for Aryan Brotherhood sentencing phase (attorneys try novel approach)

    08/14/2006 9:35:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 1,155+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 8/14/06 | Gillian Flaccus - ap
    LOS ANGELES Attorneys who failed to get kingpins of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang acquitted on charges of murder, conspiracy and racketeering are trying a novel approach to save their clients from possible death sentences. The defense for Barry "The Baron" Mills and Tyler "The Hulk" Bingham have filed motions with a federal judge arguing that the government must present live witnesses during their clients' sentencing phase or nothing at all. The argument is based on the 2004 U.S. Supreme Court decision Crawford v. Washington, in which the high court found that defendants have the right to confront witnesses whose...
  • Outrage! Repeat Sex Offender Arrested for Killing 11 Year Old Boy

    08/03/2006 7:13:48 PM PDT · by xzins · 60 replies · 1,431+ views
    The Hawaii Reporter ^ | 3 Aug 06 | Jim Kouri
    Outrage! Repeat Sex Offender Arrested for Killing 11 Year Old Boy By Jim Kouri, CPP, 8/3/2006 1:09:15 PM A twice convicted child sex offender has been arrested in Baltimore, Maryland yesterday for the slaying of an 11-year-old boy who had been missing since last week. Detectives allege that 52-year old Melvin Jones Jr. was the last person seen with Irvin Harris, whose body was discovered on a golf course near his home on Monday. Detective Donald Moses, a police spokesman, told reporters during a press conference: "The body had suffered a level of decomposition... Everything points to the fact that...