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April 2013 Archives

Boston Marathon Bombing and Protecting Your Rights

What does the Boston Marathon Bombing tell us about Protecting Your Rights?

The Justice System: Federal Sentencing and Mandatory Minimums

In the Justice System, sentencing, and mandatory minimums for federal offenders are hot topics again.  In March, 2013 Democratic Senator Patrick J. Leahy and Republican Senator Rand Paul introduced the Safety Valve Act of 2013. If the bill becomes law, it will allow federal judges to sentence offenders facing mandatory minimum sentences to less time in prison, regardless of the crime charged, provided that doing so does not jeopardize public safety. This does not mean that federal judges will be required to sentence offenders below the mandatory minimum, it merely permits judges to do so when the mandatory minimum sentence is unreasonable and does not fulfill the legislature's goals of punishment.