John Burkoff on Long Sentence for Man Convicted of Lesser Charges in Shooting of Officer
Professor John Burkoff commented on the sentence received by a man who was acquitted of shooting a police officer, but who was convicted of serious lesser charges. The defendant and his lawyer charged that the sentence was excessive, but Professor Burkoff disagreed. "A judge has the discretion, in a case where he thinks the facts and circumstances mandate it, to throw the book at him," Professor Burkoff said.
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