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Old 12-06-2007, 03:34 AM
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Default Long prison sentence hurts blacks, she says

Judge skips guidelines, releases man in crack case: Long prison sentence hurts blacks, she says

By Jonathan Saltzman

Globe Staff / November 21, 2007

US District Judge Nancy Gertner sentenced Myles Haynes to the 13 months he has served in jail since his arrest. She said that he appeared to be an honest man whose two admitted drug sales were isolated and that lengthy federal prison terms for such crimes are depleting cities of a generation of young black men.

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Old 12-18-2007, 10:22 PM
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WOW....I hope that this young man has learned that dealing drugs isn't the way to make a living. 13 months is a long time for a little boy to be away from his daddy. I hope that daddy realizes what he has. I wish other judges would take things into consideration. There are many instances where a break can be given lets hope that this guy doesn't prove the judge wrong and turns his life around for the better.
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I can see this one being overturned by a higher court. Cited a reason for a reduced sentence based on RACE. The sentence may be declared unconstitutional and he may be resentenced.
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Unfortunately PhilB, I think you are right.
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She is a Federal court judge. This court deals with constitutional issues all the time. She must have known making such a statement would be grounds for judicial review to send back the case, possibly to a different judge.
I think it also gives the wrong message to other young blacks in that their class would get lighter sentences. Courts must be color blind to be fair.
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I"m glad she gave him a break. The drug laws are way too harsh. They should treat both crack and cocaine sales or use the same!
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If she was going to be leanient and go with time served, she should have given him a real break and ordered him to attend a drug program and a years probation. The message the sentence gives to other young men is that is getting caught is no big deal.
I agree that jail and prison are not always the right answer. Without treatment you get back exactly what you sent in.
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There is always the possibility that this man has learned a lesson. Only time will tell. I hope the judge did the right thing by giving him another chance at being a daddy. Anyone that is a parent knows that being away from your children is very difficult. Sometimes the short stint of 13 months could be a good lesson learned. Lets just hope that it is the case in this situation. Best of wishes to him and his family!!!!
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