“The Judges of this Court base their sentencing decisions on careful consideration of the actual record in the case before them; the applicable sentencing guidelines and statutory factors; the submissions of the parties, the Probation Office and victims; and their own judgment and experience,” said DC District Court Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell. “Public criticism or pressure is not a factor.”CNN: DC federal court chief judge: ‘Public criticism or pressure is not a factor’ after Trump ripped proposed sentence for Roger Stone
The judges in DC are too far out in legal left field. We feel they need to be called them to task on several points.
- The reference to “the actual record” is a veiled reference to “actual [military] service in time of war or public danger” — “actual” or “actually” — that was a code word used in the Deep South by the Confederate militia to bring serious criminal charges against Union sympathizers without a proper indictment by a grand jury.
- Sentencing guidelines and statutory factors need to be moderated by Constitutional protections against “cruel and unusual punishments.”
- It is inappropriate for the Probation Office to bring reports to the judge’s chambers without presenting them in open court and allowing proper cross-examination and counter-argument.
- Victims need to be limited to seeking compensation for actual damages they have suffered as a result of the alleged crimes. Otherwise their role as stateside witnesses for the prosecution is suspect, especially in view of preexisting vindictiveness and political enmity.
- The personal experiences or biases of the judge cannot be a valid basis for judgments to be issued from the bench in a court of law.
This unprovoked political assault by district judges and progressive lawyers on the White House is reminiscent of “certain lewd fellows of the baser sort” who “gathered a company, … set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason” in the Bible [Acts 17:5].