Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Military Service And Sentencing

We would like to call your attention to a very interesting article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal on December 31, 2009.  The article discusses the growing deference given to defendants with military experience by courts throughout the country when it comes to imposing criminal sentences.  While whether a defendant served in the military has always been a factor in sentencing, there is a rising concern among legal experts that giving special treatment to military veterans risks establishing an unfair criminal justice system.  The article points out that the momentum for special treatment to military veterans is growing.  19 counties and cities have started special courts for military veterans.  The goal of these courts is to keep military veterans out of prison. 

To read the entire article, please click here.

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