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    by eXtina on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 06:03:41 PM PST

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      The US Attorneys have a tendency to overcharge and press for harsh sentences. When I was practicing I generally avoided federal felonies because, even after there were some changes to the sentencing guidelines, the US Attorneys, egged on by the FBI and the DEA ,were so disproportionately punitive. I feel for Aaron and his family. I worked for an attorney in the early 70's who represented a young man who had destroyed his draft card. The feds were seeking the maximum penalty and this kid was terrified. He committed suicide as well. I never forgot it and it broke my heart.

      "Say little, do much" (Pirkei Avot 1:15)

      by hester on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 06:08:23 PM PST

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