Jury’s Prudence

This one is from Stan Kegel.

When Dan was appointed to the Superior Court it was generally believed that he would be a strict law and order judge, one willing to use the three strikes law to keep repeat offenders off the street. However, it didn’t work out that way, Judge D. finding any means possible to give a convicted felon the minimum prison time possible.

When the time came for re-election, the judge found himself in a heated battle with a former prosecutor. In a debate before many of the local citizenry, he was asked by his challenger , “How can you justify your unwillingness to use the three strikes law.”

Dan answered immediately, “I refuse to pronounce a long sentence. It is beyond my jury’s diction.”

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