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January 19, 2006

Fascinating follow-ups revealing sentencing's ugly underbelly

Both the MSM and the blogosphere have provided fascinating follow-ups on two fronts I have been following lately:

  • This article from North Carolina provides more background on the appeals from sentences imposed by a state judge who "often lectured black defendants during her five years on the bench -- saying that they showed disrespect for the civil rights struggle by committing crimes."  I first discussed these development in an update to this MLK Day post asking "Should criminal justice reform be the new civil rights movement?"; the newspaper article details that the judge, whi has now submitted her resignation, has been suspended by the state's Chief Justice for "persistent intemperance" and for demonstrating "a habitual pattern of misconduct in office."

  • This post from Tom Kirkendall at Houston's Clear Thinkers minces no words when discussing the latest delay in the resentencing of Jamie Olis (discussed here).  Tom asks "when the mainstream media will pick up on the outrageous conduct of the Justice Department in the sad case of former mid-level Dynegy executive Jamie Olis" and he asserts that "justice, respect for the rule of law, the principle of prosecutorial discretion, common sense and human decency continue to be the casualties of the sad case of Jamie Olis and other dubious prosecutions of corporate agency costs in the post-Enron era."

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