His sentence is changed from manslaughter and he has now been sentenced to 18-20 years in prison for manslaughter, followed by four to five years in prison for illegal possession of a firearm. (Ryan, 2013) During a trial, the evidence is again presented to a court of law or a jury. Being sentenced to Capital Punishment is very unlikely to happen for Burke, as the state of Massachusetts has abolished Capital Punishment and only uses it in very severe cases where the suspect is tried federally (McCarthy, 2014) instead of regionally, like the Boston Bomber Case. Burke most likely got this sentence, because he pleaded guilty, possibly after enough evidence was gathered to prove his guilt and thereby “has taken responsibility for shooting the victim, resulting in his death, over what appears to have been a dispute about money” (Boston.com, 2013) Burke is most likely to receive this sentence, because it is exactly the crime he committed. He committed manslaughter which was proven by the messages on the phone and apparently other evidence that has been found.
Three Strikes and You’re Out! The impetus for California’s “Three Strikes and You’re Out” law originated in my home town of Fresno. The murder of Kimber Reynolds was a much publicized one in the area. Resisting the perpetrator’s attempted theft, she was shot to death on June 29, 1992. Said perpetrator was, Joe Davis, already a convicted felon, had seen release from prison only three weaks earlier.
For example, there was a “man [who was] sentenced to prison for 25 years to life under the law for stealing a bottle of vitamins” (Murphy). In March 1999, when the Three Strikes law was challenged by this case, the Supreme Court “refused to hear” (Murphy) a word that was said by the people. By putting them in prison for an excessive amount of years, housing for serious offenders is being made unavailable which will lead to an increase “to an already overcrowded and expensive prison system” (Messerli). Some of the people may have committed the innocuous crime to help their spouse and children. When used, the Three Strikes law treats all crimes the exact same way, which makes the law unjust.
In 2009 Nathan Bock assaulted his girlfriend. Bock was intoxicated and got into a fight with his girlfriend which then led to him slapping her across the face. Bock was fined $5000 (the maximum allowed) by the AFL and was suspended for one game. The same thing happened to three women in Sydney’s southwest in February this year. A 15 year old boy assaulted the women in three different times and places.
Free will or the ability to make rational choice is a big part of this bill. Punishment is another principle that is covered in this bill. The principle of punishment is to deter others who might fallow suet and choose to violate the laws. Alongside of punishment there is the knowledge of right and wrong, an inherent trait. Society will benefit from this bill keeping the offenders out of the public area and locked up.
Harsh punishment of this kind would serve as a deterrent for future crimes committed. 3. Peace of mind can be brought to those families devastated by these criminals, with the safety of knowing that these people have no possibility of hurting again. 4. With new technology and DNA testing we can be extra certain that the true criminal will be put to death.
He was found guilty of the murder and was convicted of killing Peggy. However on January 22, 2008 Timothy Masters was exonerated of the charges which were filed against him. The dismissal of the charges against him was after he had served several years behind bars. In this case, it is clear that these law professionals relied on inconclusive information. Timothy Masters’ arrest was only because he had failed to report that he had found a dead body while he was heading to school.
Running Head: Wrongly Convicted Wrongly Convicted - The Innocent are Finally Free XXXX XXXX University Professor XXXX XXXX XXXXX X, 2011 Too many people have served time in prison for crimes they did not commit. What can we do as citizens to help change the criminal justice system which have caused these inexcusable errors and destroyed the lives and future of innocent people? Here, you will find an overview of prisoners who were falsely accused for crimes they did not commit; why wrongful convictions occur and what can be done to stop them. “A study conducted by judges, prosecuting attorneys, public defenders, sheriffs and police suggests that about 10,000 people in the United States may be wrongfully convicted of serious crimes each year” (http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/ronhuff.htm). Here are the statics: “Since 1989 when the first DNA exoneration occurred, 328 defendants have been exonerated in the United States after being convicted of serious crimes such as rape and murder.
It states that no one can be held for a crime unless a grand jury has indicted him or her for the crime, which the grand jury decides whether or not there is enough evidence to take them to trial. The Fifth Amendment also states that no one can be tried more than once for the same crime, which is called double jeopardy. Double jeopardy has been known to be decisive if a person is being tried for a lesser crime. Example, a person hits someone with a cast iron skillet and wounds him or her so extremely that he or she expires. If the criminal is charged and tried for murder, but found innocent, then he or she cannot be charged with a reduced offense for the same crime, such as a serious assault.
Murder = Rehab? There are times in this country when the U.S. Justice System prevails, but there also times when the people have absolutely no idea how justice works. Here we have two criminal cases where only one criminal was actually sentenced to a very deserved prison term. In the other case, due to ridiculously irrelevant circumstances, no prison sentence was given. In the state of Wisconsin in 1992, Felicia Morgan was seventeen-years-old when she was tried as an adult for first-degree murder.