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Re: [BikeWashingtonDC] Resolution to hit-and-run case on Rhode Island Ave

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  • Christopher Range
    ... Jim, It was. A judge can not only second-guess a jury s recommendation(even ignoring it entirely). A judge can do the same with the prosecutor and
    Message 1 of 10 , Apr 4, 2013
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      On 4/4/2013 3:26 PM, Jim Titus wrote:
      > No, it is not marginalized in the Courts. It was marginalized in the US
      > Attorney's Office. Compare the PG County State's attorney who got a
      > decent prison sentence for the killer of Natasha Pettigrew, who committed
      > hit and run but did not crash on purpose.
      >
      > DC residents who are outraged might want to contact Norton's office to
      > ensure that these types of prosecutions are discussed with the next person
      > to be appointed US Attorney.
      >
      > US attorneys elsewhere do not have to deal with these garden variety
      > criminals, so anyone appoined US attorney may have an inherent tendency to
      > avoid these cases, where possible. While Norton does not have a vote in
      > the Senate, the home-state elected official is usually consulted when the
      > US Attorney is appointed, and she needs to raise this issue with DOJ. But
      > she won't unless you raise this issue with her.
      >
      > Jim

      Jim, It was. A judge can not only second-guess a jury's
      recommendation(even ignoring it entirely). A judge can do the same with
      the prosecutor and sentence someone to an even stiffer sentence.
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