John on November 11, 2007 at 1:31 am
This gives me a new perspective on what it means to be “soft on crime“:
The number of convicted murderers being sentenced to life imprisonment has fallen dramatically following the Swedish Supreme Court’s decision in March that the standard penalty for murder should be ten years in jail. A life sentence should be reserved only for the most serious crimes, ruled the court.
There must be a translation problem going on. Did that say life in prison should be reserved for serious crimes? Maybe if you dump the body in a pristine waterway or perhaps burn it and release heinous amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere — then they throw the book at you.
This reminds me of skit I saw on Saturday Night Live once. It opened on a night shot of an urban New York street. A serious looking narrator in a suit walks in and says…
If you kill someone in New York, you could do time.
I laughed and laughed.
Update 11/12: Case in point. A 22 year old who shot one man in the head and would have killed a second man had his gun not misfired was given 11 years. The cause of the murder? A fender bender in a traffic circle.
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