Judge Weinstein: Juries Should Know If Mandatory Minimum Applies
Posted on Tue Apr 08, 2008 at 08:35:00 AM EST
Tags: sentencing reform (all tags)
U.S. District Court Judge Jack Weinstein ruled this week that juries should be told before they deliberate if a defendant is facing a mandatory minimum sentence. The 236 page opinion is available here (pdf). [Hat tip to Sentencing Law and Policy].
As a result of his ruling, a child p*rn defendant caught a break. That alone has been enough to make the media take notice. But defense lawyers face this every day with drug defendants. [More...]
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