I want to make a comment on this, as a case I've both written about and followed closely since first seeing the initial reports in mass media. First
though, I want to share something for a touch of context.
Mandatory Minimum Sentences are sentences to criminal convictions that, as the name implies, the Judge cannot go soft on and decide something
mitigates the case to lower the outcome. If a prosecutor charges you with one covered by such a sentence and you get yourself a conviction? You get
yourself the door prize on the chart. Here...are a few currently on the books and charged at different degrees of federal discretion:
1st offense, manufacturing, distributing, or possessing with intent to distribute, no death or serious bodily injury
10 Years (this has an * in the list, but not to be confused with hope for the accused...it just notes attempts & conspiracies to commit, do qualify
Aggravated identity theft
2 year enhancement to add to existing federal charges on something else.
Embezzlement fraud, or false entries by banking officer
2 years. (The same as this kid did...for cooking books and lying on papers)
So, where is the entry for rape of a child in front of others? Where is the entry for molestation in front of a room full of people? There is a whole
section for child sex and violence crimes, but nothing to cover this. That is wrong, to my thinking.
Why the same sentence for being a crooked banker as for very seriously damaging a young girl? Where is the asterix.....for conspiracy after the fact,
as the article at The Huffington Post
clearly suggests there would
need to be in terms of coverup and obstruction allegedly starting from when it happened?
Justice wasn't simply blind here. It hit all three denials of those famous little monkeys, in my personal opinion. (His
own lawyers statement
in January just made it worse, as a side note.)