In honor of Friday and the Memorial Day weekend, we'll end the week on a fun note with a game. Who said the quote below:
"...equal justice depends on individualized justice, and smart law enforcement demands it. Accordingly, decisions regarding charging, plea agreements, and advocacy at sentencing must be made on the merits of each case, taking into account an individualized assessment of the defendant's conduct and criminal history and the circumstances relating to the commission of the offense ..."Was it:
(a) FAMM President Julie Stewart
(b) U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
(c) Bozo the Clown
(d) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy
The correct answer is: (b)! Believe it or not, these words came straight from Attorney General Eric Holder, who issued a new Department of Justice policy memo on May 19, 2010, regarding how federal prosecutors should charge cases and advocate at sentencing hearings. Individualized charging and sentencing seems to be the order of the day, according to the memo.
Sentencing super-blogger Doug Berman has a full copy of the policy memo at this link.
And have a good Memorial Day weekend!