Saturday, June 5, 2010


Στην 43χρονη καριέρα του ένας ομοσπονδιακός δικαστής, ο Jack Weinstein έχει αναγνωριστεί για τις προσπάθειές του στην καταπολέμηση αυτού που ο ίδιος λέει "περιττή σκληρότητα του νόμου". Η πιο πρόσφατη "στραυροφορία" του είναι ιδαίτερα εντυπωσιακή λόγω του δικαιούχου: ένας άνδρας που έχει συγκεντρώσει μια μεγάλη συλλογή παιδικής πορνογραφίας.
Ο δικαστής Weinstein στους θαλάμους του στο Μπρούκλυν τον Απρίλιο

Judge Jack B. Weinstein in his chambers in the United States District Courthouse in Brooklyn in April.
Judge Weinstein, who sits in the United States District Court in Brooklyn, has twice thrown out convictions that would have ensured that the man spend at least five years behind bars. He has pledged to break protocol and inform the next jury about the mandatory prison sentence that the charges carry. And he recently declared that the man, who is awaiting a new trial, did not need an electronic ankle bracelet because he posed “no risk to society.”
There is little public sympathy for collectors of child pornography. Yet across the country, an increasing number of federal judges have come to their defense, criticizing changes to sentencing laws that have effectively quadrupled their average prison term over the last decade.

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