Twenty-two and two. Those were the sentences handed down in the REGJB this week on two disparate DUI manslaughter cases.
The veintidos sentence was meted out by Judge De La O on this horrifying DUI crash that took the lives of two people: The link to the video is here.
And then before Judge Ward, a 22 year old college student was sentenced to two years in prison, followed by house-arrest and probation for killing a cyclist on Key Biscayne. The judge accepted a negotiated plea between the state and defense in which the next of kin had approved the deal and the waiver of the four year minimum mandatory.
What to make of these cases?
We often decry the existence of minimum mandatory sentences and the desire of uniformity in sentencing. No two cases are alike. No two defendants are alike. And yet we rail against min man sentences and the sentencing guidelines with the full understanding that two similarly situated defendants might well receive vastly different sentences based on the luck of the draw- the judge assigned to the case.
At the end of the day, we'd rather take our chances with a judge then have all the power of a minimum mandatory vested in a prosecutor a year out of law school.
Apropos of nothing... nothing looks worse than that stupid Moby-Dick movie.
See You In Court.
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