George F. Will: Supreme Court got it wrong — mandatory sentences are OK

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  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    June 29, 2012 1:05 p.m.

    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 clerk
    A 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 parole
    The robber gets 5 to life
    The drunk gets up to five years in prison
    The husband gets 1-15 years
    The mine owner is fined $50,000
    Justice is arbitrary

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    June 28, 2012 2:03 p.m.

    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.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    June 28, 2012 1:27 p.m.

    Mandatory sentences are not okay.

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    June 28, 2012 10:17 a.m.

    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.