Florida Federal Judges Inconsistent on Drug Sentences
In the 10 court districts with the most drug case sentences after trial, Republican-appointed judges assigned stiffer average sentences in five districts, but Democratic appointees gave longer penalties in the other five. In weapons cases as well, the longest average sentences were issued by Democratic appointees in five districts and by Republican-appointed judges in the other five.
In my view, the old system in which sentences were driven by mandatory sentencing guidelines created by sentencing commissioners is much much worse than federal district judges evaluating the particular case and individual appearing before the court. Cases are different. Defendants are different. Districts are different. Sentences then must be individualized.
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