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    Leslie, did you read this link to Families Against Mandatory Minimums in my earlier comment? Here's another link, to the FAMM blog entry about the five persons who were sentenced 20 years for firing warning shots that injured no one.

    These are five people who refused plea deals because they believed so strongly that they were in the right in firing warning shots. We don't know how many people accepted plea deals, agreeing to a felony charge.

    It seems that in Florida, someone is more likely to go free on SYG for shooting and killing someone, but will get a 20 year sentence or felony plea deal for firing a warning shot. Those laws must be changed.

    FAMM has plenty of stories on mandatory minimum sentences that will make your blood boil. It seems to be a good foundation and website for info and action items around the country.

    “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children” ― Chief Seattle

    by SoCalSal on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 03:42:37 AM PDT

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