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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

"Is 898-year federal sentence symbolic and meaningful or senseless and misguided?"

From Doug Berman at Sentencing Law and Policy:

I tend not to be a fan of legal fictions or of treating the imposition of hundreds of years in prison as just numbers on a page.  While I suspect that a life sentence was not possible because none of the charges carried such a statutory term, I also suspect that a potent message without such a crazy number would have been sent had Chief Judge Biery imposed a terms of, say, 100 years.

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