Who knows what's occurring (what's spinning the wheels) in the mind of a JUDGE?Oh sure. But they will still give you the max available if they don't like you, instead of finding you "not guilty" based on the laws.
Remember back awhile ago?
A conviction for say Assault (depending on the degree) could land someone in "the calaboose" for say 1 day to maybe years (or maybe just a house arrest). Whatever.
Some people said that you can't depend on a judge to meter out punishment. Because the judge is a racist (see how many POC go to the calaboose vs. the white guys).
So the guidelines were put in place. Now, the judge for fear of being called a racist.....will strictly follow the guidelines.
Better? I don't know. But it seems to me, that the job of a Judge just got a whole lot easier than before.
So now a days.....
IF, it's the first time the defendant was convicted. Rrrright....all those other times where nothing burgers. Yeah, the charges were pled out, dropped, DAG, diverted, whatever.... So.....the Judge today has probably little to no say on a sentence. Only the convictions matter. And....only "certain" convictions matter.
OK, let's fix that......
Let's make some laws a bigger offense. Let's call them, "Racially Motivated Crimes"? Or, if/when sentencing someone.....we'll add on a couple of years and call it "enhanced sentencing".
But under he old system.....the judge could see the nature of the crime, the defendant's attitude, record, etc.... and just do his job. Leave it to the judge.....the sentence would/could be longer for heinous crimes and/or people that needed to be held for longer. It was a judgement call. Humm.....judge....judgement call. Oh, I get why it's call that now.
But then (even if someone got) five years.....it doesn't actually mean five years. Rrrright....the prison system will probably cut the time down too. Rrrright....for good behavior, he's sorry now, there's too many people here, covid concerns, he saw the Lord, etc...etc...
Have you ever taken note of the number of "racially motivated" crime charges that are brought against White people? And compare that against the number of POC that are charged? Then ever wonder why.....what appears to be a racially motivated crime to some. Isn't charged as such?
STOP, Stop, stop. Don't, just don't....go there anymore. The crowd is marching and creating mayhem again outside the court house. People inside are getting nervous. The "peaceful protesters" (aka: riotous crown) is/are shouting.....
No Justice. No Peace.