I encourage people to read the following book:
Why are we supposed to feel bad about this? Did she not break the law by selling illegal drugs?
Smittie, have you read the book? Perhaps you should.
And yes, because the punishment does not at ALL fit the crime. As for serving as a deterrent, most of the people affected by mandatory minimum drug laws don't even know those laws exist.
Nope, and maybe, but ignorance of the law is no excuse. Do you really think they wouldn't break that law if the knew about the minimum sentencing? Maybe, I'm pessimistic, but I doubt it makes much difference whether or not they know how much time they would get if they were caught.
I know this may seem over-simplistic, but if it IS the law, then we should either obey it, or work to change the law. BUT, until the law is changed, we should adhere, or accept the consequences of breaking it.
Are you traing to be a PA, Smite?
Not out of the question, but I am also interested in PD - maybe even trial advocacy. I'm just saying that people should obey the laws -regardless of the penalty - or work to change the laws BEFORE they break them. If someone is guilty of a crime they should pay the penalty that is prescribed. I know this analogy might be flawed, but I would love to pay under $2 for a gallon of gas 0- unfortunately the price is much higher, so that is what I must pay. Is it fair? NO!, but it is what it is, and unless I change work to change the price BEFORE I buy it, then I must pay what is being charged even if I do not know that price before I begin to pump.
Indeed, some penalties are severe for the crime, buit that is the system we have. In the end, I guess I support minimum sentencing more for violent crimes than for the so-called victimless crimes, )i.e. - prostitution, personal drug USE, etc.) I am also definitely against police entrapment and coercion. I have not read this book and am not fully informed of the circumstances, but nevertheless, I do not think this or any other case is reason ebnough to do away with mandatory sentencing. There are probably (my guestimate) far more cases of people getting off too easy for destroying the lives of other people.
Interesting debate though.