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Week-4

Mandatory Sentences and Criminal Appeals Response

Tanesha A. Lockett

CRJ488-C714-FALL18-Criminal Procedure

Professor, Dr. Robert Roth

November 15, 2018


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Part 2 In a substantial number of criminal appeals, some state appellate courts routinely issue decisions merely stating “Judgment Affirmed." When an appellate court rejects a defendant's issues on appeal, should it be required to issue an opinion justifying its decision? In discussing this issue, consider whether such a requirement would require greatly increasing the number of judges and support staff and the additional costs thereof, as well as detract from the court's ability to direct its efforts to writing opinions on novel questions of law. Format your response consistent with APA guidelines. Mandatory Sentences and Criminal Appeals Response Write a minimum of a 700-word response to the following questions: Part 1 Discuss the pros and cons of mandatory sentences. Do mandatory sentences remove discretion from the sentencing judge and vest discretion in the prosecutor, who may elect to charge a defendant with a lesser offense to avoid imposition of a mandatory sentence?
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Running head: REVIEW OF MANDATORY SENTENCES

Mandatory Sentences and Criminal Appeals Response
Tanesha A. Lockett

CRJ488-C714-FALL18-Criminal Procedure
Professor, Dr. Robert Roth
November 15, 2018

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REVIEW OF MANDATORY SENTENCES

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PART ONE
Discuss the pros and cons of mandatory sentences. Do mandatory sentences remove
discretion from the sentencing judge and vest discretion in the prosecutor, who may elect to
charge a defendant with a lesser offense to avoid imposition of a mandatory sentence?
Mandatory sentences refer to the penalties which a judicial officer is required to impose
irrespective of the circumstances or the general outlook of the criminal situation.in essence the
officer has no discretion to grant a lower or higher sentence depending on the nature presented
by the crime. This sentencing often varies within state and federal laws. Thereby, they do possess
their pros and cons.
Pros of Mandatory Sentences
Mandatory sentences have been known to eliminate personal bias within the legal system.
The general public which includes over 300 million people within the United States has different
perspectives concerning the biasness that exists within the legal, judicial system. In such a case
whereby the jury and the judge ha...


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