UPDATE: So this is spinning out of control fast.
The Defendant apparently had a list of priors. He was apparently on probation for a lot of cases. He was stopped for DWLS and at least one email stated there was a gun in the car.
SO....assuming the worst... should a judge warehouse a defendant for sixty years for a non-violent violation of probation?
Rumpole says-sixty years is still outrageous. We know that as people age, they age out of violent behavior. So even if this was a dangerous individual in his early twenties, a sentence of twenty or or twenty-five years AT MOST seems more appropriate.
Now here's a more normal Broward post.
Broward Judge Matthew Destry violated the probation of a young African America man last week for DWLS (in some reports its an NVDL, but we're giving him the benefit of the doubt.)
He sentenced the young man to sixty years.
More than half a century.
He looked at this young man on probation and decided that for the crime of not having a valid driver's license he should stay in prison until 2075.
Or look at it this way. If he had sentenced this young man in 1955, and he got out now, he would say- "yeah, that's about the right amount of time for someone to be in jail for not having a valid DL."
It's an outrage.
There are various petitions floating around the web to seek this Judge's removal, and rightfully so. Anyone with the power to sentence a person who sends them to prison for sixty years for a non-violent offense should be removed from the bench.
Nothing on the Broward Blog about this by the way.
See You In Court.
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