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Friday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr , 3:21 PM GMT on February 28, 2014

The princess turns three tomorrow...

The other morning while getting ready for work as usual we had the morning news on the TV and they reported on two stories from the day before. The first was about a woman who had been sentenced the day before for heroin possession. She had been pulled over in a traffic stop and the drugs were found on her possession during a search. She was found guilty and sentenced to ten years in jail. The following story was about a man that had an argument with another at a local bar, left and came back with a knife upon which he stabbed the victim and was arrested a few days later. The man was found guilty of second degree attempted murder and was given a sentence of three to five years. At the end of the latter story, Jessica came out of the bathroom and asked if I had heard both stories. We were both perplexed as to how a drug possession charge could be twice as long as attempted murder. Later in the week there was a story on a news program detailing the discrepancies in jail sentences as they relate to crimes and it leads to the QOD:

Do you feel our sentencing is fair and proper

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6. Astrometeor
6:52 PM GMT on March 02, 2014
No, unfortunately. The cases dealing with drugs...those punishments are too severe. Why we punish people for doing things to themselves, I don't know.

Murder trials also don't get fair sentencing. Case-in-point, the affluenza case. How many people died? And who got off scot-free?

The system needs a make-over in the realm of punishments. Not necessarily to the extent of Europe, but still, our system is pretty barbaric.
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5. auburn (Mod)
4:51 AM GMT on March 02, 2014
No...Not in most cases at all.
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4. ihave27windows
3:32 AM GMT on March 02, 2014
In defense of our justice system, which is, by far, the best on Earth, there are other things to consider.
Often, the DA's office doesn't have enough evidence to get a conviction on a particular charge, so they will ask for an indictment with a less severe punishment.
Laws vary from state to state, therein lies some of the difference. Frankly, I don't want the Feds telling the State of Texas how to punish criminals in Texas. So, as far as I am concerned, punishments varying from state to state is fine with me.
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3. whitewabit
1:54 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
and then if you have MONEY you don't spend any Time ..
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2. oregonbirdofprey
1:36 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
No, absolutely not. And it's not just relative sentences for different crimes but vastly different sentences for the same crime but commited in different states.
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1. Naga5000
12:28 AM GMT on March 01, 2014
No, nope, not even close. America's culture of violence will always have lesser sentences than all those evil drugs. This is another prime example of our puritan background's influence in laws.
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