Mandatory sentences can defy logic

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  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Sept. 7, 2013 9:41 p.m.

    Re: "His boys . . . 5 and 6 when he was sentenced, are growing up without their father."

    You know, that's definitely one of those things people should think about BEFORE they commit heinous crimes, and would avoid, if they truly loved their kids.

    This individual clearly demonstrated he was only one bad drug deal away from being a murderer. And, just as clearly, a careless disregard for life and the law.

    A 55-year sentence seems entirely appropriate, one that fits the crime quite well.

    If criminals demonstrate they've been genuinely rehabilitated they may apply for clemency, and are quite likely to receive it. He could do a lot of good by volunteering for a number of programs that permit criminals to take responsibility for their actions and explain the dangers of criminal behavior to at-risk kids and schools. He has apparently chosen not to do so.

    The burden's on him. Confining his rehab efforts to whining about "unfairness" of the system doesn't augur well for making a demonstration of his rehabilitation, though.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Sept. 6, 2013 1:47 p.m.

    Mandatory sentences are legislative infringements on the judiciary. I still believe in separation of powers.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 12:11 p.m.

    Same with the zero tolerance rules at schools that automatically suspend a student for having a midol.

    But it does save authority figures from actually having to use wisdom in judgement.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 9:00 p.m.

    Some crimes can defy logic.

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 11:11 a.m.

    Your brother's cruel and unusual punishment is exactly what is wrong with our system. 55 years is your life. Its your kids life, all for what, some pot and a gun.
    55 years in prison should be given only for murder or rape. This was a victimless crime, I dont' know how the judge and prosecutor in this case can live with themselves They ruined another family, how many more have they ruined? Probably countless.