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  •  Well, if you want to get philosophical (1+ / 0-)
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    about it, I'm a big believer in discretion; both in prosecution and in sentencing. Yes, I know it invites corruption like may have happened with McCain, but lots of people who make mistakes deserve second chances.

    Mandatory sentencing laws are one of the most backward steps we've ever taken in the criminal justice system.

    "Give 'em Hell, Harry!"
    "I don't give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it's Hell."

    by davewill on Thu Sep 11, 2008 at 01:32:49 PM PDT

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    •  Mandatory minimums, yes, (0+ / 0-)

      especially as they were applied to distribution of rock v. powder cocaine.  That was just ridiculous.  Mandatory sentencing allows some discretion.  How that sentence is served is another discussion entirely.  Talk about breaking a public trust.  She's no different than your garden-variety junkie who gets hold of a scripts pad.

      GOP Ticket '08: Mc and "Oh, Jeeze." Yup, yup!

      by conlakappa on Thu Sep 11, 2008 at 01:37:11 PM PDT

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