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.
Mandatory sentences are legislative infringements on the judiciary. I still
believe in separation of powers.
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.
Some crimes can defy logic.
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.