I write this, reluctantly, only because I fear the meaning of this post may be misconstrued. It is, mostly, to point out Breitbart’s disingenuity.
So, we have this from Breitbart …..
They go on to list the offenders, their crimes, sentences, and commute date. Many, if not most, had life sentences.
Here’s what Breitbart didn’t tell you ….
It’s a bit of a reverse ex post facto. These people were sentenced under old sentencing guidelines, and had they been sentenced under today’s guidelines, they would have already been freed. I believe it should be law that if the sentencing guidelines change, then, so too, should the sentences of the ones previously sentenced under the old guidelines.
We are told these people were convicted of non-violent crimes. And, from what I can read, this is true.
In a just society, punishment must match the crimes. Let me state this unequivocally. There is no greater crime than the willful, premeditated, taking of another’s life. People can babble about ifs and buts, but it doesn’t stand to the light of day or reason.
In a just society, 1st degree murder must have the most harsh sentence. It cannot be otherwise, else, it isn’t a just society.
Please don’t get me wrong. I’m not advocating freeing drug dealers. I believe they are scum. But, from what I’ve read, these people have served considerable time. It is simply, these people cannot be punished the same or more than a 1st degree murderer. There must be equity in crime and punishment.