John Burkoff on a New U.S. Sentencing Commission Study
Professor John Burkoff is quoted in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in connection with a new study released by the United States Sentencing Commission.
University of Pittsburgh law professor John Burkoff said the Sentencing Commission report raises troubling questions, but a system that doesn’t distinguish between a cold-blooded killer and someone helping an ailing spouse to commit suicide is not the answer, he said.
“Discretion is not necessarily a bad thing,” Burkoff said. “We want a judge to consider the circumstances in setting the sentence.”