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However as I stated, it is an average, and considering that this guy got far above the average by several 100%, then the over all sentence is still in the "ball park" average I bet.
Point is.. he got a harsher sentence because he was black and poor.. pure and simple..
While I agree the sentence is too long, I object to the references to it being a first offence. He was convicted on offences relating to seven separate incidents so by definition, only one of those (if that) can be a first offence.
Ive lived in florida going on 8 yrs. Ive never seen such wide discrepancies in sentencing...is it racial, Im sure some is...but ive seen lots of white guys get hammered also. Heres what I "THINK" contributes to the disparity.
Judges are elected here in fla...they have to keep their district electorate happy...so if their district is bloodthirsty I believe the judge will be more inclined to be bloodthirsty to get re elected. I think the disparities differ county to county. I used to want elected judges to get the appointed for life slugs out...then I came here and saw the downside of electing them...I guess you could say at least a majority elects the elected slugs as opposed to one guy appt a slug...cant win can we
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He got triple that...Is a 10 year sentence too harsh for EACH armed robbery?
Where did I state that? I said that because he was black, then he was more likely to get harsher sentences than a similar white accused.. and that is backed up by empirical evidence and studies.. you cant run from that fact. Had this guy been white, and had the money for a lawyer, then you betcha he would have gotten a much smaller sentence... hell if he had been rich, he might even have gotten off with community service.Do you really think that his accomplices were rich and white?
Again irrelevant. If your whole case is based on the confessions of criminals based on "deals" then you have a problem. The DA should never have made a deal and should have charged the whole gang and gotten the same sentence.As I have expained earlier, the other guys took plea deals and blamed the biggest moron in their "gang", probably hoping that the judge would take pity on him since he was "disabled".
No it is not. It is a problem yes, as I stated above, but the story here is a totally disproportional punishment for the crime committed, especially considering he was in a group and the group got off much much much lighter.I note NO complaint on the VERY LENIENT sentences given to his "helpers" that got "deals", that is the REAL story here.
Should he have been put in jail for a decade or two? Yes, as should the rest of the bunch.. but come on.. 150+ years? That is insane on so many levels...you give a murder less!
You're jumping to conclusions. What makes you think he would never be a productive member of society? He's 18 years old, and he committed the type of crime that 18-year-olds commit. How often do you hear about 45-year-olds committing armed robbery? Very seldom. These kind of crimes are things that young people do, and it's ridiculous to say that he could never be a productive member of society when he was a little bit older.BAD move, as it turned out, but for 7 armed robberies, and no chance that this moron would ever be a productive member of society,
And if this guy was white and wealthy and the son of some influential political figure, you'd say exactly the same thing, right?Perhaps cutting his time back to 7, 10 year consecutive sentences would be better, parole eligable after 66 years, would be "fair".
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