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Insight: Florida Man Sees "Cruel" Face of U.S. Justice


Society & Culture  (tags: crime, humans, freedoms, government, violence )

Phyllis
- 871 days ago - news.yahoo.com
Davis was convicted of participating in a string of armed robberies in the Miami area in 2010. His accomplices testified against him.



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Phyllis P. (398)
Tuesday July 3, 2012, 9:13 pm
Davis would occupy no place at all in the annals of crime if not for his sentence. Now 20 years old, he was sentenced to 1,941 months - almost 162 years - in prison without the possibility of parole.

On the day of Davis's interview with Reuters, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that life sentences without parole for defendants under the age of 18 constituted "cruel and unusual punishment" even in cases of murder. Unfortunately for Davis, he was 18 at the time of his crimes.

Nonetheless, Davis's attorney will argue that Davis's sentence to die in prison also constitutes "cruel and unusual punishment" on the grounds that Davis is a "first offender," having never before been charged with a crime.

Davis's unusually long sentence results from a controversial practice known as "stacking," in which each count of an indictment is counted as a separate crime, thus transforming a first-time defendant into a "habitual criminal" subject to multiple sentences and mandatory sentencing guidelines.

Davis, who still maintains his innocence, was the only one of the six men charged who went to trial. The others cut plea deals that left them with sentences of nine to 22 years in prison.


 

Henriette Matthijssen (148)
Tuesday July 3, 2012, 11:22 pm
What about the criminals in our government & polititians & those who commits the real crimes against humanity what kind of punishments will they receive. We certainly need a justice system that works for all equally.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 4, 2012, 1:46 am
The justice system is so often not just at all but when it's young people's lives who are ruined it makes you want to ask yourself what sort of society have we developed.
 

Susan H. (199)
Wednesday July 4, 2012, 2:39 am
You know what bothers me,my son was on trial but his attorney(what a laugh)would not put any of his mental history in court He did tell him what a piece of low down scum he was he also did not wish to speak to me the Mother and someone who had lived through a lot of what was going on. Until the" EVIL GIRLFRIEND" A name she called herself,would no longer let me see my son or my Granddaughter! .
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Wednesday July 4, 2012, 8:05 am
This "stacking" that can be used on poor folk to send someone away for their entire life, in essence Davis is correct, he was given death sentence for crimes that involved no death. Yet as Henriette has so pointed out that the Olagarchy does all the "stacking" it wants against the majority of the public, yet they get to live out their lives in excessive financial gain.

While I don't condone what he and his friends did, the so called justice is not justice at all. He was ill enough to be on disability, that means that he was mentally impaired to some point. I'm not saying he didn't know all of what he was doing, but what I'm saying is that we need as a society to help people better with their life on disability. How can one live on $674 a month and not in his impaired thought process self, be enticed, to gain a little help for themselves.

Maybe if he had help with housing, and re-training, he could have a better quality of life, and some decent health care offered in which to help him deal more effectively with his disability. Same with many of the poor who are trapped into situations that offer little to no hope. We have created a society that rewards many high profile criminals for their misdeeds yet when it comes to the poor they are not given the same treatment. If we had a society that offered some hand up's, like a good education, the ability to get job training, and then to be able to find employment at "living wage" we'd have a lot less of people feeling the need to rob.

Our society creates many of the conditions that cause the human being to act out in inproper ways, but instead of correcting all those conditions it has been too easy to open more prisons, now private so that, again more people make money off of others misfortunes. We are on par with the gulag of Soviet Russia make no mistake about it. While we are told to look "over there" for our enemy, while the enemy is running amuck right here at home. The solution isn't more prisons, unless we want to throw a few of the high profile banksters among others in them, it is for a more equitable system that offer hope and opportunities for all people who live within it's bourndaries.

Suzybell I know behind those few words there is a lot of pain there, and I'm truly sorry.
 

AWAYNOW M. (463)
Wednesday July 4, 2012, 10:28 am
Wow...This is unbelieable! Just shaking my head!
 

Dusty Debandi (113)
Wednesday July 4, 2012, 10:42 am
Just goes to show that if you have "STATUS" or money, you can get out of anything. The Law tends to target the low income and the poor and is not equally just on all.
 

wolfNoFwdsPls a. (135)
Wednesday July 4, 2012, 12:20 pm
U$ ""'justice'"" --- hur hur hur. how utterly miserably disgustingly pathetic, in numerous cases.
 

Dee C. (209)
Wednesday July 4, 2012, 3:27 pm
Seven armed robberies..shooting at an animal..and firing shots at a customer..Being charged with seven armed robberies as well as the actual firing of a weapon..not once but twice during those armed robberies is very serious..Even in a first offense..With or without Status or money..

But that stacking is so unfair..
 

. (1)
Friday July 6, 2012, 8:54 am
Noted. Thank you Phyllis.
 

Val R. (246)
Friday July 6, 2012, 12:09 pm
Noted - not surprised - if you listen to alternative news - you find out the truth of what is happening in this world.
 

Carol H. (229)
Friday July 6, 2012, 12:58 pm
noted, thank you Phyllis and Dusty for the forward
 

Mariette AWAY (150)
Saturday July 7, 2012, 3:09 pm
Noted. Thanks for sharing Phyllis!
 

ellen m. (222)
Sunday July 8, 2012, 2:53 am
While i could not say i would be happy if this young man were still running loose in the community, this death on the installment plan is so out of whack, and i know it happens with all to much frequency.

And so those that make their money on the prison system have just received yet another annuity.
 

Nancy C. (802)
Monday July 9, 2012, 10:32 am
Sounds like a set-up by his cronies. Whether it is or not, their sentences, after they probably lied here and there, are light compared to his. From the video, a retrial may happen. None of these human actions are forgivable, but we all know of dozens of rich, happy criminals, who created most desperate situations and should be in for a few hundred years each.
 

Tonya M. (71)
Tuesday July 10, 2012, 10:04 pm
Noted and shared on our ScoopIt / Juvenile Justice page:
http://www.scoop.it/t/juvenile-justice-advocacy
 
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