A federal appeals court upheld a mentally ill man’s sentence of 25 years-to-life for shoplifting two bottles of liquor from a market, a sentence a dissenting judge called ‘barbarous.’
Wow, who knew they had such brass-knuckled federal appeals judges over there in San Francisco?
The court majority said federal judges, under a 1996 law, can overturn state criminal sentences only if they clearly violate constitutional standards that have been established by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ah, yes, one of the crowning achievements of the Gingrich-Armey years.
Certainly everyone reading this blog knows that when states’ rights are granted precedence over federal court dominion everyone wins — except, of course, for liberals and criminals.