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May 28, 2010

Some coverage of yesterday's US Sentencing Commission hearing

Through blog reports and press releases, one can cobble together a basic sense of the basic feel of the testimony and comments yesterday at the US Sentencing Commission's public hearing about mandatory minimum sentencing statutes and federal sentencing policy (background here; early report here).  Here are some links:

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"ACLU Advocates for Abolition of Mandatory Minimums Before US Sentencing Commission"

So, the ACLU wants us to abolish mandatory minimums first and then abolish the US Sentencing Commission?

Posted by: Kent Scheidegger | May 28, 2010 10:34:56 AM

This is a confab of cult criminals running their self-dealing cons. The irony is that the most powerful criminal syndicate is in charge of managing criminal justice. The result is predictable.

The cult criminal is oblivious to the utter failure of the criminal law. It leaves the public unprotected from vicious predators, with 90% of serious crime going unanswered. Large swaths of territory have just been surrendered to the criminals. The law abiding citizen walks in fear of being prosecuted for standing up to crime. The criminal has full confidence of the protection of the cult criminal. Effective corporal punishment is prohibited. Effective self-defense risks prison time. One may not even verbally criticize the criminal without risking losing one's job for verbal abuse. The lawyer does not want his source of lawyer jobs in any way frightened or inconvenienced.

Next, this cult railroads massive numbers of innocent people in a revenue generating, confiscatory, anti-scientific garbage, bunko scheme. Most of its atavistic, garbage methodologies unlawfully come from a church.

Then it deals itself absolute immunities in torts, preventing any legal recourse against this incompetence and failure.

Not one word about the V word in this self-dealing charade. I ask the lawyers here to take great care. Warning: Do not utter the V word without emergency trained personnel. The lawyer cannot do so. The lawyer that attempts this stunt risks choking and a wracking coughing fit.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 29, 2010 7:49:20 AM

"So, the ACLU wants us to abolish mandatory minimums first and then abolish the US Sentencing Commission?"

Why not, Kent? From day one it was a bogus hybrid (executive? legislative?) agency, politically unaccountable for its decisions.

Its draconian guidelines neutered judges and turned the justice system into a turkey shoot for aggressive, ambitious prosecutors.

And someday, if America comes to its senses, the driving notion behind the commission's charter (that complex crimes, complex motives and mitigations and complex criminals can be plugged into a right-wing, get-tough, Rube Goldberg justice dispenser machine) will seem laughable to pretty much everyone capable of questioning misguided authority.

Posted by: John K | May 29, 2010 10:07:33 PM

After attending the Commission hearing on the 27th, it is abundantly clear that more people know that the current system of administering justice is diametrically oppositional to it's purpose. The political rammifications are the chief barriers for doing the right thing. It is too easy to be cowardly. I, after having to serve as my own attorney, to overturn a mandatory minimum sentence imposition, wanted to hear "the other side"; just like Israel's act upon the Turkish flotilla today, there is no justification.

Posted by: Perry Redd, activist and ex-offender | May 31, 2010 10:22:31 PM

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