Some interesting changes to sentencing rules …
Posted by rantingkraut on April 25, 2006
Frank Furedi makes some fitting remarks on recent changes in the law, allowing victims’ relatives to submit a statement in murder and manslaughter cases prior to sentencing. As I understand it, relatives of the victim will be allowed to elaborate on how a crime has affected their lives and this can be taken into account in sentencing. If this implies what I think it does, sentences should be more severe where the victims have been more severely affected. Conversely, it should also make it somewhat safer to murder someone who is unpopular with his family. Who knows, in a few years time murderers may get off on probation so long as Champagne is ordered for the wake.
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