Published: Thursday, June 28 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
No! Mandatory sentences make justice a joke. When someone gets caught in the
cross hairs of the law for a technicality you don't want a mandatory
sentence. Mandatory sentences take the power from the judge to make a good
decision. If the judge ever has to say: "Sorry my hands are tied."
then justice failed. Supreme Court got it right.
Mandatory sentences are not okay.
It doesn't matter what the issue is, you always know how the conservative
wing of the Supreme Court will decide. Although it appears that Chief Justice
Roberts can be a surprise, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito are political ideologues
who can be expected to vote only one way. It doesn't matter that they
write opinions to justify their positions since the justification is only used
to support what their decision would have been regardless.It's
time that Justice Antonin Scalia leave the Supreme Court and run for political
office since that is what he appears to prefer. Whether hobnobbing with Dick
Cheney while an important case is before the Court regarding Cheney or talking
to Tea Party zealots, Scalia is as partisan as they come. Unfortunately he sits
on the Supreme Court where his vote continues to support the
politically-conservative ideologues who would like to control the Court to
achieve their agenda.Since Justice Thomas is a sure-fire
conservative vote regardless of what case comes before the Court, one wonders
why he was appointed. Certainly it wasn't for judicial wisdom. It was
only a conservative vote, oftentimes mirroring that of Justice Scalia.
A 15 year old is in a gang, and during a drive by shooting accidentally shoots a
child.An adult man is robbing a store and shoots the clerkA man is
driving drunk, he crashes into a car and kills an entire family of five
people.A jealous husband kills another man who he thinks is cheating with
his wife.A mine collapses, and kills twenty men; the mine owner is blamed
for poor safety maintenance.Should each of these people spend life without
parole in prison?The child gets life without paroleThe robber gets 5
to lifeThe drunk gets up to five years in prisonThe husband gets
1-15 yearsThe mine owner is fined $50,000Justice is arbitrary
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