Monthly Archives: September 2010

Should Judges Know What Sentences Cost a State?

Post by Randall Ryder In most criminal cases, the case can be divided into two parts: deciding liability and deciding the penalty. Sentencing guidelines provide judges with recommend guidelines (or some cases, mandatory sentences). The guidelines also give judges discretion in…

Judge Questions Defendant’s Mental State in High Profile Child Abduction Case

A California judge has temporarily stopped criminal proceedings against Phillip Garrido. Garrido and his wife face a variety of charges related to kidnapping a child and raising her under captivity for almost two decades. The judge based his decision on…

Should Judges Know What Sentences Cost?

 Post by Randall Ryder In most criminal cases, the case can be divided into two parts: deciding liability and deciding the penalty. Sentencing guidelines provide judges with recommend guidelines (or some cases, mandatory sentences). The guidelines also give judges discretion in…