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Eric Holder Says Mandatory Minimums
Are Unnecessary As Well As Unjust

Reason, by Jacob Sullum

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Posted By:zoidberg, 8/1/2014 3:37:47 PM

In a speech to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers today, Attorney General Eric Holder reiterated his criticism of mandatory minimum sentences, calling them "outdated and overly stringent." He also questioned the argument that mandatory minimums are necessary to encourage "cooperation": “Like anyone who served as a prosecutor in the days before sentencing guidelines existed and mandatory minimums took effect, I know from experience that defendant cooperation depends on the certainty of swift and fair punishment, not on the disproportionate length of a mandatory minimum sentence.”

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Northcross, 8/1/2014 3:44:11 PM     (No. 9949697)

Our chief law enforcement official (can you believe it) now wants us to go easy on the hardened criminal scum of society. Another step toward total chaos.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: leftcoastmom, 8/1/2014 3:45:16 PM     (No. 9949698)

I am against mandatory minimums for the same reason I am against "zero tolerance". It should be a case by case determination. Also, children should not be tried as adults unless they are aloud to drink, vote, and serve in the military. Either you are an adult or you are not. Just enforce the damn laws!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: eoddad, 8/1/2014 4:04:52 PM     (No. 9949731)

Does this mean he gets to write the laws too?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 8/1/2014 4:05:28 PM     (No. 9949732)

There has to have minimums because the liberal judges will let everyone go scottfree and then anyone sentenced correctly by real judges will have a case of not equal treatment so they also will be let go scottfree. You can not trust a liberal, ever.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: KTWO, 8/1/2014 4:16:51 PM     (No. 9949744)

There are good arguments for and against the minimum sentences.

Anyway, how does "mandatory minimum" differ from "minimum"?

But Holder is a wart disfiguring America. Not worth hearing about anything.

Have to go now, there is some squad with a battering ram at my front door.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: killerbee, 8/1/2014 4:23:46 PM     (No. 9949751)

#2: I agree.

And felony murder laws are pure evil. Just another poorly thought out bit of election-minded legislation.

What needs to urgently happen, though, is the end up prosecutorial and judicial immunity. They gave it to themselves, it´s a complete farce. Our justice system is tangled in corruption and needs some sunlight.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 8/1/2014 4:57:21 PM     (No. 9949786)

Gee, I have a novel concept.

Don´t do the crime, and you won´t have to do the time -- mandatory minimum or otherwise.

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