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Sentencing Essay

781 words - 4 pages

Judges like law enforcement have rules and guideline to go by when they sentence someone to a certain punishment. Also like law enforcement, they sometimes go outside those guidelines to accomplish a certain goal. The animal cruelty charge for instance has a sentence of three months in jail but if it is a repeat offender, it can go higher. A judge in Baltimore went outside the guidelines because of the suspect behavior and the sheer disregard for life. This judge has stirred up some controversy with his decision. Was the judge right to sentence this Baltimore cop outside the guidelines while assaults against humans get an insignificant punishment?
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The judge in this case did his job and sent a message to others in the Baltimore area that animal cruelty is not tolerated with in that county. The main problem still is why some people are getting insignificant punishments crimes while others are getting severe punishments.
The article states that in 2011 there was a high school wrestler that got all but six days of his ten-year sentence suspended for breaking another person’s jaw while he should have spent most of that in jail. The other case that the article talks about is a judge suspending a twenty-year sentence for a mother that admitted to starving her son to death. This should have been an automatic life sentence or a capital crime but she has to go home after admitting to murder. The question for this why these people got to go home for aggravated assault and murder when a Baltimore cop is spending a year in jail for killing a dog? Sometimes there are certain circumstances that are not reported to the media and therefore the public never knows about. The facts that are in the article about these...

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