Originally posted by die_another_day
The other day 2 black women got life sentences for stealing $11.
Then a white woman kill his husband and caused the suicide of another man got 25 years in prison.
This is where out problem is coming from.
People get 25 years for murder all the time, thats what a life sentence is considered for some reason.
It depends on the jurisdiction and the case in question.There are 50 states, various territories and the federal government each with their own laws.
Many states allow you to parole after 25 years served.
You also have to factor in, who was this womans lawyer? Any well paid lawyer will be able to help you a lot in a situation like this,
Secondly the 2 women had their cases suspended by Governor Haley Barbour.
But were initially found guilty of "armed robbery" which included smashing the victims heads with shotguns, then commencing the robbery. They also
had a public defendant representing them.
They were each found guilty on two counts of armed robbery, one for each victim, and sentenced to life imprisonment to be served consecutively.
The judge didn't impose the sentence, the jury did. They were given several choices, including to find guilt and leave the sentence to the judge, or
to find guilt and impose life sentence. They chose guilt and life sentences.
The jury makeup was 7 white, 5 black,
weather is was $11.00 or $1,000 that doesn't excuse the brutality of the crime.
The victim stated in his testimony, it was $200.00
There were also 5 or 6 people involved in this incident, which conspired and committed the crime, so they all split the money up, and one of the men
received $11.00 dollars out of the cut.
So there was a little more to it then just stealing $11.00.
That being said, I do agree however they should not have deserved a life sentence for that. This case should be handled with street justice and the
victim should be able to have them pay back for his pain and suffering, or maybe hit them over the head if he wants. btw, I think California 3 strike
law is ridiculous, I believe several other states have similar laws. Most adopted it in the mid 90's.