The House Judiciary Committee heard strong testimony Tuesday against mandatory minimum sentencing, and not only from Families Against Mandatory Minimums and the Sentencing Project. Offering a sharp critique was Paul Cassell, the noted Utah federal judge who chairs the criminal law committee of the Judicial Conference, which has long opposed mandatory minimums. Cassell noted in particular a "bizarre" sentence he felt compelled to give a first-time offender, who received a longer sentence than a murderer.
Federal Judge Speaks Out Against Mandatory Minimum Sentencing
June 27, 2007