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Sentencing can send message

October 22, 2013

Matthew Cordle apparently is sincere in his remorse about killing a man in a drunken driving accident. The judge handling his case should ignore that entirely....

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Oct-25-13 2:24 PM

We are expected to take troubled childhoods, bad priests, abusive parents, and the like into consideration to reduce the sentences of people purposefully committing crimes, but we are not to consider the person manning up and taking responsibility for a terrible, but not malicious, decision into consideration?

Honest people who have screwed up but now are wanting to do the right thing are watching this thing also.

What message are you sending to them?

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Oct-22-13 11:27 PM

Editorial translation--remorse should not be factored in to sentencing--honesty and coming forward should not ever be factored in to mitigate against a MAXIMUM sentence. Ludicrous piece! THIS is journalism???

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Oct-22-13 4:11 PM

Horrible tragedy and sad for everybody involved. Not only did this young man take a life now his life is ruined. Drunk people tend to make bad choices. Do we always punish them to maximum allowed under the law? Should we look for ways to alter their behavior? It is a matter that has been questioned by many much smarter that you or I Mr. Ed. Yes, drinking alcohol is a choice, but nobody believes that they will do such things. Once such things happen messages should be clear, it was a choice. A bad choice. Now this young man will more than likely be a burden to society for the rest of his life. Many formative years will spent learning to survive in a subculture.

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