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Friday, August 08, 2003
Posted by Jake
Ashcroft Orders Tally Of Lighter Sentences (washingtonpost.com)
OK. I admit it. John Ashcroft is beginning to scare me. I was willing to write off what he was doing before as necessary for the war against terrorism, but now he is really starting to freak me out.
I agree with Rehnquist on this issue: Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, the American Bar Association and others strongly objected to the amendment. In a letter to Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), Rehnquist said that the measure "would seriously impair the ability of courts to impose just and reasonable sentences."
Judges are supposed to do just that: judge. I am more than willing to allow them a good bit of discretion on the subject because people get local judges who represent their views on how stringent sentencing should be.
Then there is this other crap about the "Victory Act" which includes:
Increase sentences for drug kingpins to 40 years in prison and $4 million in fines. (via InstaPundit)
What the hell does that have to do with fighting terrorism? Ease off there killer. You are scaring the children.
Furthermore, homeland security and civil liberties is one of the issues that I think the Republicans are the most vulnerable on. Bush should really be paying more attention to this.