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reply to post by Indigo5
Because, he willingly admitted his guilt. When you admit guilt, it's amazing how the courts will work with you.
However, when you fight the courts with a frivolous claim, they throw the book at you.
You surely have seen this before, where someone is grossly 'overcharged'. This is done for the sheer fact of having the ability to make deals. It sucks, but that's how it is. They overcharge you, then go into the back room, and start talking deals.
"If your client pleads guilty to A, D, H, we will say, 10 in prison, 5 on parole."
The attorney goes to the client. Then, returns with an answer.
It may go like this:
"My client will plead guilty to A, D, and T, but for a sentence of 5, parole for 5."
They go back and forth like this, depending on the prosecutor, the crime, and if the Judge will even agree to the deal.
Yes...his friends said they were going to go and
break into the house and steal the pot,
first degree murder, armed burglary,
Snyder said Holle gave his accomplices bandannas to cover his Chevy's license tag and their faces during the crime.
originally posted by: Baddogma
The U.S.'s Felony Murder Law is obviously unjust.
One other case that comes to mind is a group of teenagers in AZ, on bikes, who shoplifted a case of beer from a corner store. As they were pedaling away, the clerk ran out and grabbed the handlebars of one of the group.
The thieving kid had a gun that the rest of the group did not even know he had. They were doing a 'grab and run' for some beer and were planning on getting drunk in a dry stream bed nearby... nothing worse than that.
The kid panicked and killed the clerk. Horrible incident.
The kids were easily found (they may have turned themselves in... I'm fuzzy) and all were freaking out, crying like the kids they were, and all condemning the idiot who killed a man for no reason.
Following the letter of this unjust law they were ALL sentenced to life in prison... and they were also sentenced under the new laws that prosecute kids as adults... they were all under 18... one was 13 I think.
If my memory serves, one other kid who had just loaned his stupid bike to one of the group was also convicted.
Laws that take wise judgement from Judges and create situations like this are created from stupid knee-jerk reactions from politicians and the public. They are no good in any way.
It is embarrassing to live in such a country where common sense is not valued and blanket, automated sentences are handed out without regard to circumstances and intent.
It is not just in any way.