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Rand Paul: Minimizing authority of judges

By Sen. Rand Paul April 5, 2013

I, like anyone else, whether a member of Congress or a parent, am concerned with the well-being of our children. We all want to keep our families and our communities safe. We want to see violent predators and criminals put behind bars and punished for the harm they do to others and to society.

Judges will tell you that current federal sentencing laws — known as mandatory minimums — don’t actually do anything to keep us safer. In fact, judges will tell you that mandatory minimums do much harm to taxpayers and to individuals, who may have their lives ruined for a simple mistake or minor lapse of judgment.

Mandatory minimums reflect two of the biggest problems in Washington: The first problem is the idea that there should be a Washington-knows-best, one-size-fits-all approach to all problems, be they social, educational or criminal. This approach leads to our second problem: Washington’s habit of undermining the system our Founding Fathers created. Their system left as much power as possible in the hands of local and state officials, and sought to treat people as individuals, not as groups or classes of people.

Last year in my community, a family lost one of their sons to an overdose. They almost lost their other son to a mandatory minimum sentencing. Federal law requires a mandatory 20-year sentence if a death occurs, even an accidental one. If prosecutors had charged the surviving brother in federal court, he would have received a mandatory 20-year sentence.


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Most Pedophiles

don't get 20 year sentences.

He may not be his father...

...but he shows the same level of common sense.



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Outstanding article. Thank

Outstanding article. Thank you for posting. One would think something non-partisan, such as this, could gain a lot of press; probably not.

Excellent job, Rand.

bump for LL and his passion

Rand... He is probably the best political option, which only points to the futility of the political process to me. It feels like too little too late to me, but I'll be delighted if proven wrong.

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Bump, any Rand stuff deserves

Bump, any Rand stuff deserves more attention than 90% of what's on top.



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I Will Support Rand But GOP Nomination Will Be A Longshot

I wish he would stay out of certain issues - guns and abortion.

Rand Paul's Op-ed in Washington Times

--and zero comments?

What is going on here on the Daily Paul?

Geraldo talks about the mic and it's rated up while the next president gets no attention?

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