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Posted: Saturday, October 26, 2013 9:00 pm

Justice is the name of the game in the court system, but it doesn’t mean those convicted of similar crimes will always receive similar sentences.

In fact, even if they are convicted of committing the exact same offense, criminals can receive sentences that vary widely. According to Flathead County Attorney Ed Corrigan, that can sometimes leave citizens confused or, in certain cases, downright upset over a sentence they don’t understand.

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          2 comments:

          • HRH Prince Michael posted at 3:26 pm on Sun, Oct 27, 2013.

            HRH Prince Michael Posts: 104

            As a teenager in High School, a civics-class hosted some convicts
            from a minimum-security prison. I have never forgotten the words
            of one individual: "For the prosecutor and the defense, it's one-big
            political chess game...only you'll be the pawn. Then, they'll all
            have martini's together at the country club, joking about their
            Conviction/Acquittal scores...."
            Later, I would meet an individual who bought a Federal Judge..$250,000.
            Or, as the OJ Simpson trial proved, once and for all:
            American "Justice"....The best "Justice" money can buy.

            True Justice, Divine Justice is SERVED:
            The 2013 Sentence
            www.all4webs.com/f/0/king

             
          • tealovingmom posted at 9:02 am on Sun, Oct 27, 2013.

            tealovingmom Posts: 38

            This coverage of the prosecutors office is starting to make me think that there is a case coming up for judgement where the prosecutors office is going to recommend a really easy sentence for someone who has committed a heinous crime, maybe a sex crime against a child, and we the people are going to have to choke it down. Corrigan's "idea of Justice" which usually means first consider the rights of perp over the rights of the victim, the victim's family and the rest of us. The last two paragraphs of this article are telling. Please, someone run against Corrigan in the next election! Time to clean house..remember the Judge in Billings that gave a child rapist just 30 Days in jail.

             

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