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November 21, 2006

The sentencing impact of age and gender

I often think that issues related to age and gender rarely get as much attention as they deserve at sentencing.  But two leading state sentencing stories today bring these issues to the forefront:

  • In California, as detailed here, an "89-year-old man whose car hurtled through a farmers market, killing 10 people, was let off on probation Monday by a judge who said he believed the defendant deserved to go prison but was too ill."
  • In Texas, as detailed here, a "woman condemned for the slaying of a 3-month-old child she was baby-sitting in her home outside Austin in 1994 was given an execution date Monday."

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The biggest difference between the cases is that the 89-year-old man was convicted of manslaughter, but the Texas woman was convicted of first-degree murder.

Posted by: Marc Shepherd | Nov 21, 2006 9:37:10 AM

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