A blog by Miami Criminal Defense Lawyer Brian Tannebaum. Commenting on criminal law issues of local and national interest.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Florida Judge Tells State 25 Years Is Too Long - No One Disagrees

Florida Judge Thomas Remington has ordered prosecutors to lessen the sentence of a suspected drug dealer.

The story is here.

I love that headline. Mainly because it's not that accurate, but will anger those who can't understand why everyone is not in jail.

Judge Remington said a 25-year sentence for Monica Pride was too harsh for stealing thousands of hydrocodone tablets from Walmart's pharmacy because "She's a first offender," and "I'm not going to give her 25 years."

What were you doing 25 years ago?

The judge has ordered prosecutors to go to their boss and "arrange something on a recharge."

Oh, they'll be arranging something, but probably not anything that will benefit the defendant.

Now, to be fair to those who don't understand why this client isn't getting the death penalty, she did tell investigators she had been taking four to six bottles a day from the pharmacy and selling them for $5 a pill or $500 a bottle.

In Florida a 25-year sentence is mandatory for people convicted of possessing more than 28 grams of hydrocodone.

Why? Oh, let's not talk about that. You know.

So congratulations Judge, trust me, most people in the criminal justice system, including prosecutors, agree that 25 years is a damn disgrace. Few, like you Judge, will actually say something about it.

Brian Tannebaum is a criminal defense lawyer in Miami, Florida practicing in state and federal court. Read his free ebook The Truth About Hiring A Criminal Defense Lawyer. To learn more about Brian and his firm, Tannebaum Weiss, please visit www.tannebaumweiss.com


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