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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: A Judge Goes Wild

     A 47-year-old Philadelphia man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a weapon into the air. Francis Aponte was at an outdoor party in June 2012 when two Philadelphia police officers saw him shoot a gun into the air….That act, along with a criminal record including at least one prior felony, has resulted in the 20-year sentence handed down on March 4, 2014….

     No one was hurt, but federal prosecutor Jose Arteaga argued that the defendant had committed a potentially lethal offense. [Every time a drunk climbs behind the wheel of a car, a "potentially lethal offense" is committed. Should we send all of these people away for twenty years?]

"Man Gets 20 Years For Shooting Gun Into Air," Associated Press, March 4, 2014  

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