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Warning: This post was published more than 11 years ago.

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When I saw the headline of this article in today’s Times, I thought that the government had finally come to its senses and was considering abolishing mandatory minimums, which take the judgement part out of judging, and pass judicial powers to politicians instead of judges. But, alas, no. Instead of abolishing them, they’re making more of them, presumably because they play well to middle England, who want all murderers locked up for life. And yet, when some old granny is locked up for life for helping her dying husband along, they’ll all be protesting. Madness.

This 599th post was filed under: News and Comment.






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