Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Here is another non-story from the Mail, intended to add to the 'soft on crime' agenda. Sure, maximum sentences are rare. The maximum is set to give a wide discretion to the sentencer to allow for the infinite variation in offences and offenders.
How many drink drivers do you think got the maximum last year (6 months prison plus a £5000 fine plus an unlimited driving ban)? No, I don't know either, but I imagine there wasn't even one. How about Common Assault (6 months plus £5000)? Nary a one, I bet.
Unfortunately this is the kind of rubbish that sticks in the public consciousness - a lie can be halfway round the world before the truth has got its boots on.

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