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May 13, 2008

Some more crazy sentencing stories

In addition to the angry coach case, here are some more local sentencing stories that have to be read to be believed:

Here is the first line from the second story: "A magistrate who told a repeat underage drinker that he should slit his wrists or jump to his death is having second thoughts about her comments from the bench."

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The daughter, who failed to get her HS diploma, was 18. Tyranny is the only word that can be used to describe what happened to the father.

Posted by: federalist | May 13, 2008 12:31:50 PM

Judge McKenzie, one of the judges who oversee the magistrate's work, is just as arrogant and obnoxious himself, based on the one case I had in front of him, and the cases I saw him handle wiating for my client's case to be called.

Posted by: Greg Jones | May 13, 2008 2:14:21 PM

Regarding the Detroit News article, it is unfortunate to say that it is not too surprising to anyone who has spent much time in court that a judge would say something like that - I know I've heard or heard of judges say things that should horrify the general public if they knew about it. It sounds like she might have a relatively innocent explanation that she was trying to make a legitimate point (that alcohol addiction is a killer disease and that drunk driving kills and that the defendant needs to get treatment for his disease) but did it in a bad way, but that type talk crossed the line into an unacceptable thing for a judge to do. It sounds like she realizes that she made a serious error in judgement in what to say - on the other hand, she may realize that a contrite sinner is more likely to escape with a public reprimand.

Posted by: Zack | May 14, 2008 11:15:54 AM

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