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I can't believe a jury would ever swallow this tripe.
Now as a special treat courtesy of our friends at the Meat Council, please help yourself to this tripe.
in the rightwing american blogosphere
but simultaneously try to convince frightened, disenfranchised blue-collar grass roots groups like the tea party that they represent their interests too?
not sure its fair to lump the rest of the US with them
whereas 10 years probation (that's a fuckload of probation time) will ensure that he completely turns his life around, because he'll be subject to various drug/alcohol tests over the next ten years, the failing of which would see him do a full term in proper adult prison.
Nothing can excuse what he did, and I'm sure he'll have to learn to live with that in time, which won't be easy. It's arguably the most sensible option.
this would apply to any young offender, not just the stupidly rich white ones.
into account with every defendant? Very progressive.
Diminished responsibility on the grounds that your upbringing and socialisation has left you poorly equipped to make informed, consenting choices makes perfect sense.
Whereas presumably those poor, inner-city "urban" kids have been excellently taught by the School of Hard Knocks and will therefore take full responsibility for their actions.