Crimes and Their Punishments – Through the Ages

Punishments for Crimes through the ages – from the bizarre to outrageous, from the sublime to the ridiculous. We don’t know how lucky we are!

Many of us are apt to complain about sentences handed out by our Courts for crimes these days – too harsh, too lenient. But a quick look at some punishments for crimes through the ages, including in some countries today, we should really consider how much we really have to complain about.

Not only have punishments been truly shocking (and in some instances still are), but even some of the crimes are truly unbelievable.

Many Sydney criminal lawyers would have had their work cut out for them if some of these historical crimes were still on the statute books! Lucky for us that our complaints about the justice systems these days are limited to whether an offender should be given a jail sentence or community service, or whether a 2 year sentence is sufficient or whether 5 would have been better, and so on.

Thank goodness we don’t have to contend with crimes for which the penalty is being tortured to death by some truly unimaginable means. Criminal lawyers in Australia, as in Europe, the United States, Canada, New Zealand and others, these days don’t have to plead for the type of mercy that offenders of times gone by had to. And of course, some of these barbaric practices do still exist today in other parts of the globe, as you can see below.

Some Crimes and Some Punishments You Won’t Believe

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Crimes and Their Punishments

Production has soared in the world's opium capital

Afghanistan opium poppy heroin

Opium production in Afghanistan increased by considerable amounts in 2016, according to the 2016 Opium Survey for the country, produced by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

As much as 90% of the world’s heroin has come from Afghan opium, and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime reported in 2015 that the country “accounted for almost two-thirds of the total area under illicit opium cultivation.”

The total area under cultivation throughout the country jumped 10% in 2016, reaching an estimated 201,000 hectares, or about 496,000 acres.

The highest area under cultivation — 224,000 hectares, or 553,516 acres — was recorded in 2014, but the number registered this year is among the three highest areas under cultivation recorded since 1994, when the UNODC began keeping track.

The southern region of the country was home to 59% of that cultivation, and while the Northern region only accounted for a slim percentage of total cultivation, that part of the country saw “strong increases” that the UNODC attributed to the worsening security situation.

Hilmand, often spelled Helmand, remained the focal point of opium production this year, with 80,273 hectares, or more than 198,000 acres, under cultivation.

Opium heroin cultivation production map in Afghanistan

Helmand is a longtime Taliban stronghold and one of the country’s most restive provinces — in recent weeks, a Taliban offensive on the provincial capital has cut the city off and led to hundreds of deaths.

Attacks and fighting between militants and Afghan and foreign forces have spread to 31 of the country’s 34 provinces, and in the first half of this year there were 5,100 civilian casualties, including 1,600 deaths.

The number of opium-poppy-free provinces dropped from 14 last year to 13 this year, and every region except the Southern saw an increase in opium production. The Northern region saw a tremendous 324% increase, followed by the Northeastern at 55% and Eastern at 44%. Production in the Southern region was stable, declining 1%.

Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan map

Poppy eradication also saw a precipitous decline in 2016. Provincial governors destroyed 355 hectares (877 acres) of poppy this year, a 91% decline from the 3,760 hectares (9,291 acres) eradicated last year. The 3,760 hectares eradicated in 2015 was a 40% increase over the previous year.

Eradication efforts were hamstrung by the country’s worsening security situation. Currently, the Taliban is believed to control more territory in the country than at any time since 2001, when the US invaded at the September 11 terrorist attacks.

And no eradication took place in provinces with high cultivation levels because of danger to the eradication teams as well as logistics and financial issues. Resistance to eradication efforts also sometimes manifested itself in direct attacks on eradication teams by farmers and others.

Global heroin map

Opium yields also increased. The average was 30% higher in 2016 than in 2015, rising from 18.3 kilograms a hectare to 23.8 kilograms. Afghanistan’s estimated potential opium production was up 43%, at 4,800 tons.

The Southern and Western regions drove that increase in opium, with their opium yields up 36% and 37%, respectively. The Southern region produced 54% of the country’s opium, the most in Afghanistan and far ahead of the second-place Western region, which turned out 24%.

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Criminal Minds: Reid Gets Bad News About His Mom in This Exclusive Sneak Peek – TV Guide (blog)

Well, this isn’t good.

Just when we thought his mom was doing better — after that trip to Paris and all — Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) will get some upsetting news on Wednesday’s episode of Criminal Minds.

In our exclusive sneak peek, Reid receives a call from the Las Vegas police, informing him that his schizophrenic mother Diana, who was diagnosed with dementia last season, was found wandering around a casino. Rossi (Joe Mantegna) and JJ (A.J. Cook) encourage a distraught Reid to leave their case to be with her. (Sad Reid makes us sad.)

Exclusive: Jane Lynch is returning to Criminal Minds

This development is likely setting up Jane Lynch‘s long-awaited return as Diana in Episode 11. As we previously reported, Lynch will reprise her role for the first time in eight years for what showrunner Erica Messer describes as a “heavy Reid story.”

“[Her return] will be good,” Messer teased. “That’s why everybody’s excited. It was more important than ever to have Jane come guest-star because it will be a big story.”

Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on CBS.

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Gold Coast criminal lawyer Campbell MacCallum has started boxing … – Daily Mail

  • Gold Coast criminal lawyer Campbell MacCallum has taken up boxing
  • The high-profile lawyer represents a lot of bikies and rugby league players
  • He said boxing was a way of coping with the pressure of his stressful job  

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A heavily-tattooed lawyer who represents prominent bikies and rugby league players on the Gold Coast has turned to boxing to help with the mental stress of his job.

In a candid Facebook post, criminal lawyer Campbell MacCallum admitted that the ‘mayhem’ attached with living on the Gold Coast was weighing him down mentally.

The muscle-bound lawyer, who has represented some of Queensland’s most notorious underworld mobsters, stressed the importance of ‘keeping the body busy’.

Training with three-time world champion and Olympian boxer Mick Katsidis, Mr MacCallum will square up for a charity bout on November 25 in Toowoomba.

Heavily-tattooed Gold Coast lawyer Campbell MacCallum (left, with ex-Olympian boxer) has turned to boxing to deal with the stresses of his job
Heavily-tattooed Gold Coast lawyer Campbell MacCallum (left, with ex-Olympian boxer) has turned to boxing to deal with the stresses of his job

Heavily-tattooed Gold Coast lawyer Campbell MacCallum (left, with ex-Olympian boxer) has turned to boxing to deal with the stresses of his job

The muscle-bound lawyer (pictured) has represented some of Queensland's most notorious underworld mobsters and bikie figures
The muscle-bound lawyer (pictured) has represented some of Queensland's most notorious underworld mobsters and bikie figures

The muscle-bound lawyer (pictured) has represented some of Queensland’s most notorious underworld mobsters and bikie figures

He admitted that the 'mayhem' attached with living on the Gold Coast was weighing him down mentally (pictured representing a personal trainer accused of supplying a drug to a client that led to his death in 2015)
He admitted that the 'mayhem' attached with living on the Gold Coast was weighing him down mentally (pictured representing a personal trainer accused of supplying a drug to a client that led to his death in 2015)

He admitted that the ‘mayhem’ attached with living on the Gold Coast was weighing him down mentally (pictured representing a personal trainer accused of supplying a drug to a client that led to his death in 2015)

'No one is bulletproof and I started to realise mentally I was becoming fairly exhausted,' Mr MacCallum said
'No one is bulletproof and I started to realise mentally I was becoming fairly exhausted,' Mr MacCallum said

‘No one is bulletproof and I started to realise mentally I was becoming fairly exhausted,’ Mr MacCallum said

‘I see men everyday (sic) in my profession some stable and others who appear fine but are clearly suffering turmoil inside,’ Mr MacCallum wrote online.

‘Keep your mind and body busy boys. The struggle is real but there are ways to combat it … it ain’t weak to speak.’

In 2015, it was Mr MacCallum who represented four of the five Titans players caught up in the cocaine ring scandal – including Greg Bird and and Dave Taylor.

The bulky 42-year-old, who is a partner at Moloney MacCallum Lawyers, also spoke up about the ‘draconian’ anti-bikie legislation that was brought in during 2013.

‘We’re in a situation where there is a lot of power given to the police, especially the prosecutors,’ he told reporters in 2014 after his client’s bail application was adjourned following allegations by police that his client was a Bandido.

‘Not just so-called bikies are getting caught up in this. It’s also citizens charged with normal offences who are getting caught up in this draconian legislation.’

The bulky 42-year-old, who is a partner at Moloney MacCallum Lawyers, was an amateur bodybuilding champion in his youth
The bulky 42-year-old, who is a partner at Moloney MacCallum Lawyers, was an amateur bodybuilding champion in his youth

The bulky 42-year-old, who is a partner at Moloney MacCallum Lawyers, was an amateur bodybuilding champion in his youth

The maverick defence lawyer has also represented Sam Barnett, the son of Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett, and a handful of other high-profile ex-sportsmen.

Speaking to the Gold Coast Bulletin, he said it was difficult to speak about mental health amidst expectations of being a ‘macho, manly’ personality. 

‘Over the last two to three years I had been feeling the pressure of intense work situations coupled with intense private life matters,’ he said.

‘No one is bulletproof and I started to realise mentally I was becoming fairly exhausted.

‘I thought unless something was done I didn’t want to be statistic, turning to alcohol abuse or other things a lot of people turn to self-medicate.’

Pictured is a memento given to Mr MacCallum by one of his 'gangster' clients
Pictured is a memento given to Mr MacCallum by one of his 'gangster' clients

Pictured is a memento given to Mr MacCallum by one of his ‘gangster’ clients

Mr MacCallum spoke up about the anti-bikie legislation that was brought in during 2013
Mr MacCallum spoke up about the anti-bikie legislation that was brought in during 2013

Mr MacCallum spoke up about the anti-bikie legislation that was brought in during 2013



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Rap mogul Suge Knight is suing Dr. Dre for $300 million, claiming Dre tried to murder him

Suge Knight

Suge Knight has filed a lawsuit against Dr. Dre, claiming that Dre hired a hitman in an attempt to murder Knight, TMZ reports.

Knight is the rap mogul who cofounded Death Row Records, which at one time included Dr. Dre on its roster. Knight alleges in the new suit that Dre hired a hitman to kill him because Knight had a lifetime management deal with Dre, which entitled him to 30% of Dre’s entertainment earnings.

Knight further claims that Dre ordered the alleged hit because he was trying to cut Knight out of earnings for Beats By Dre, in part because Apple, which bought Beats for $3 billion in 2014, didn’t want to do business with Knight.

The alleged hit was to happen during the weekend of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, Knight claims, when he was shot several times.

Knight also alleges that in 2015, when Knight hit two men with his car, killing one and injuring the other, he was attempting to get away from an ambush. He claims one of the men was ordered to murder him. Knight is currently in jail on a charge of murder.

Knight is suing for $300 million, or 30% of Dre’s $1 billion take in the sale of Beats to Apple, according to TMZ.

A lawyer for Dr. Dre told Business Insider in a statement, “Given that Dre has had zero interaction with Suge since leaving Death Row Records in 1996, we hope that Suge’s lawyer has lots of malicious prosecution insurance.”

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'Criminal Minds' Season 12 Resumes After Break; Episode 4 … – iTech Post

‘Criminal Minds’ season 12 resumes after a week-long break with episode 4 spoiled to finally reveal the serial killer. The killer's identity will shock everyone. Who is his/her "keeper"?

‘Criminal Minds’ season 12 resumes after a week-long break with episode 4 spoiled to finally reveal the serial killer. The killer’s identity will shock everyone. Who is his/her “keeper”?
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“Criminal Minds” season 12 resumes on Wednesday, Oct. 26 with episode 4 after a week-long break. Episode 4’s title, “Keeper,” seems to suggest that the serial killer will finally be known. Bloody and at bay, the serial killer’s identity will surprise everyone. Who is his/her “keeper”?

BAU In Hot Pursuit Against The Serial Killer

“Criminal Minds” season 12, episode 4 spoilers tease that the serial killer might be finally revealed. After the string of killings in Central City with no known suspects, the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) decides to set out on a hot pursuit against a person of interest. The team, led by Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster), heads out to a manhunt operation in the Appalachian Trail in the outskirts of Virginia.

Who Is The Serial Killer?

A ton of rumors and speculations have been sprouting around the web as to who really is the serial killer. While there’s not even a single hint leading to a person’s identity, different versions of reports have surfaced. In the video teaser for episode 4 released by CBS, the team is chasing down the monstrous killer whose right arm covered with coagulating blood is the only part of his/her body seen. When the suspect is revealed, it is speculated that he/she will be beyond recognition at first sight. And, it is the findings of Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangness) that will truly shake American TV on Wednesday. Is the serial killer a human?

Tracking Down Serial Killer: Prentiss’s First Feat

Despite knowing the dangers of the area, spoilers suggest that BAU will be able to capture the suspect and this will be Prentiss’s first achievement on board. According to previous reports, Prentiss’s leadership will be showcased to cover what Aaron “Hotch” Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) left with the team.


“Criminal Minds” season 12, episode 4 airs on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Dancer's family takes legal action against strip club; their lawyer wants criminal investigation launched – WDSU New Orleans


An adult dancer is in intensive care and her lawyer is asking for a criminal investigation into the popular club where she works.


Twenty-nine-year-old Maggie Sanchez is a mother and adult dancer, who – up until last month – worked at Visions Men’s Club on Downman Road.

She’s now hospitalized and in intensive care at Tulane University Hospital.

Family attorney Jason Williams says it all started in September when Sanchez went to work at 8 p.m. on a Friday and never made it home.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, her husband went to Visions looking for his wife.

“He went there with his 15-month-old to find out if there were any clues, and found her in the employee parking lot slumped over the middle console of the car,” said Jason Williams, who is representing the family.

Frantic, Williams says the husband screamed for help – but never got it.

“The most troubling part of all this is the security guard did not call 911 because as a rule, they don’t want the police or EMS ever coming to their establishment,” said Williams.

The lawsuit also alleges the adult club refused to help when it mattered most.

“When the husband was frantically asking for them to call 911 because he couldn’t bring his wife to – they said, no, no, no, you should take her to the hospital,” said Williams.

The club is lined with surveillance cameras, and this month a civil court judge ordered that all video be preserved, because Williams says Visions has declined to turn any over to them.

The attorney is also asking the district attorney to open a criminal probe into this matter.

“So there are a lot of unknowns, but what’s known by everyone, every doctor we talk to, is that if the nightclub had acted sooner – if they had called 911 – she would not be in the condition she’s in now,” said Williams.

Visions has not responded to us for this report.


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Thomas Gibson 'Erased' From 'Criminal Minds' Amid Plunging Ratings: Is This Fall Out From Casting Changes? – The Inquisitr

Thomas Gibson, AKA Aaron Hotchner on Criminal Minds, was fired from his position last August, for allegedly kicking a writer. Now, Hotch is being written off the show, and the only real question is will Agent Hotchner be killed off or just go away?

Spoiler rumors now suggest that Hotch will be hunted down and murdered brutally by a serial killer. Now, that seems a bit harsh. Rumors have been flying in all directions, though, so fans will have to wait and see.

Thomas Gibson told CBS, Criminal Minds is wasting no time in removing Hotch from the show.

“It seems like they’re trying to erase me from the show. That hurts. But I’m using this time to be with my kids, and I look forward to what’s next.”

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Thomas Gibson explained his perspective of the confrontation with the Criminal Minds writer and producer Virgil Williams. Thomas’ story is a bit different than last August’s reports and his quotes shown in the video above, on the incident. Gibson is quoted by CBS, explaining the alleged squabble in detail.

“We were shooting a scene late one night when I went to Virgil and told him there was a line that I thought contradicted an earlier line. He said, ‘Sorry, it’s necessary, and I absolutely have to have it.’”

Thomas Gibson continued, explaining the situation as more of an accident that was misinterpreted as an act of aggression. Were Criminal Minds producers hasty in firing Gibson? Could it have all been a horrible misinterpretation of his intent?

“As he brushed past me, my foot came up and tapped him on the leg. If I hadn’t moved, he would have run into me. We had some choice words, for which I apologized the next day, and that was it. It was over. We shot the scene, I went home — and I never got to go back.”

Thomas Gibson is dismayed by the extreme nature of actions taken, regarding his dismissal. He says he never intended for any of this to happen.

“I feel like it took years to make a good reputation and a minute to damage it,”

Criminal Minds cast members [Image by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images]

Thomas Gibson isn’t the only one disappointed by the loss of veteran investigator Aaron Hotchner from the BAU. The loss of Gibson from the cast will not sit well with most fans of the show.

Criminal Minds fans are outraged according to iTech Post. On Twitter, hashtags like #SupportThomas Gibson, #NoHotchNoWatch, and #WeSupportThomasGibson are becoming very popular. This fan frustration could not come at a worse time for the show.

Season 12 of Criminal Minds is suffering from substantially lower rating, perhaps in part due to the loss of Thomas Gibson. Also, there could be substantial resentment from fans for actually firing Gibson as proposed by iTech Post. Could this be a deliberate boycott?

It is also possible that Gibson’s absence coupled with the absence of Shemar Moore and the loss of other original cast members over the years is causing an incremental loss of interest due to the steady drain of original cast members. Fans may not tolerate any more casting changes.

Shemar Moore formerly of Criminal Minds [Image by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images]

Criminal Minds is already in an awkward stage approaching Season 12. The loss of Shemar Moore was nothing short of devastating for some viewers. Now with Gibson gone, and ratings low, could it mark the beginning of the end for Criminal Minds?

While Thomas Gibson is hardly the first original or long-time cast member to exit the show, he is the first to be fired. At least as far as anyone knows, all the other cast left of their own volition. Many cast members were allowed to return after quitting.

Still, Matthew Gray Gubler and Kirsten Vangness are the only remaining original cast members after 12 years. Casting changes abound, recently. Shemar Moore decided to leave the show last season. Extensive casting changes on a 12-year-old series can be rather risky. Firing a popular actor, who was central to the plot, seems especially risky. iTech ventures a prediction.

“With this massive support drawn by Gibson and his character on Criminal Minds, predictions arise that the season’s ratings share is doomed to drop rock-bottom in the next episodes primarily due to the actor’s absence.”

Will Criminal Minds rethink their strategy and reconsider Thomas Gibson? The writers seem determined to kill Gibson’s character Hotch, which will leave a horrible plot conundrum.

On Criminal Minds, agents at the BAU have so little time as it is to devote to their own families, but Hotch was solely responsible for a young son and his aging father-in-law. What will become of them, if Hotch dies? How can any of the cast help, when they are already so overextended. If no solution is found for Hotch’s dependents, then won’t the cast look totally heartless if they neglect them in the wake of their colleague’s murder?


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Thomas Gibson will soon be looking for anther role. Will his firing make it difficult for the actor to find work? With his vast popularity virtually unscathed by the altercation most viewers see as nothing more than a petty squabble, it is not likely to hurt Gibson that much. He’s apparently still in demand.

Will Thomas Gibson go for a comedy rather than crime drama this time around? Gibson was well received on Dharma and Greg. Unfortunately, right now the future is up in the air for both Gibson and Criminal Minds.

Will Criminal Minds‘ decision to fire Thomas Gibson be reconsidered in light of poor ratings and potential plot holes?

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Obama is trying to fix the 'war on drugs' with clemency — but it won't make a dent in mass incarceration

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Trenton Copeland was just 29 when he was told he’d spend the rest of his life in prison for a cocaine offense. He froze in shock the moment the judge read out the sentence.

It seemed like an impossibly severe penalty.

“It was almost like the world just stopped completely,” his mother Annie Fray told Business Insider. “Life in prison, and he didn’t kill anybody, for drugs? That is very devastating.”

In 2011, Copeland was found guilty of conspiring to distribute and possess more than five kilograms of cocaine. Because of his prior drug offenses, Copeland’s crime carried a mandatory life sentence without possibility of parole as per federal law — policies which have since been changed in certain cases, and would likely leave Copeland with a less severe punishment were he sentenced today.

Now, Copeland’s only hope of securing a release is pinned on President Obama and the remaining three months of his presidency. 

Like thousands of federal inmates serving time for non-violent drug offenses, Copeland is waiting to see if he will be granted a commutation — a reduction of a prison sentence — before time runs out.  Over the last 8 months, the Obama Administration has granted dozens and sometimes hundreds of prisoners’ commutations at a time in an unprecedented use of the president’s constitutional clemency power. 

Early in October, Obama commuted the sentences of more than 100 inmates, bringing his total to 774 commutations meted out over his eight-year term. It’s more than the amount granted by the previous 11 presidents combined, and more than his successor will likely grant. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has not specified whether she will make clemency the priority that Obama has, and her opponent Donald Trump has expressed contempt for the initiative, calling the nonviolent drug offenders whose sentences were commuted “bad dudes.”

In August, Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates said that the Office of the Pardon Attorney, which reviews clemency applications and recommends them to the president, will act on “every single drug petition” it has. As of October, 13,275 petitions remain pending.

Urgency is mounting as the weeks go by, according to lawyers and advocates involved in the presidential clemency process. Clemency Project 2014, a countrywide network of lawyers who vet and forward inmates’ petitions to the Pardon Attorney, has vowed to keep filing inmates’ petitions until the last moment possible — so far, the group has whittled down some 33,000 applicants to around 1,700 petitions they deem viable. 

“We certainly have expressed to [the lawyers] that time is of the essence and we want to work quickly and efficiently,” project manager Cynthia Roseberry told Business Insider.

The pace is only getting more frenzied as Obama’s last day in office approaches, said Amy Povah, the founder of CAN-DO, a nonprofit that advocates for clemency applicants. CAN-DO communicates daily with hundreds of inmates and their family members regarding their petitions, according to Povah, who herself was granted a commutation by President Bill Clinton in 2000.

“The pressure is incredible, and it’s increasing exponentially,” she told Business Insider. “People are starting to panic.”

mancer barrington iiiA “once in a lifetime” opportunity

Mancer Barrington III was given a life sentence in 2012 for possessing and conspiring to distribute crack cocaine. Two months ago, he became one of the 774 petitioners granted a sentence commutation by Obama.

Like the inmates whose applications are still pending, Barrington feared that his petition wouldn’t be acted on before Obama left office, even though his lawyers filed it more than a year ago. He recalled an agonizing wait leading up to Aug. 30, the day his lawyers phoned him with the news.

“We don’t know if the next President will continue what President Obama is doing,” Barrington told Business Insider in an email.

His case is unusual even within the minority of inmates whose commutation petitions are granted. Barrington was not released from prison immediately when his commutation was granted. Instead, Obama reduced his life sentence to 15 years, leaving him with an expected release date of December 2020 with good time credit factored in.

As has been the case with dozens of other inmates in the past three months, Obama has been reducing the length of sentences, rather than releasing inmates immediately — a tactic that flies in the face of traditional clemencies.

By granting commutations in this way, Obama is in effect enacting his own piecemeal sentencing reform. His commutations have recalculated sentences for inmates — like Barrington — who were convicted under harsh sentencing guidelines enacted by Congress in the 1980s during the “war on drugs.”

Those guidelines, which bound judges to certain mandatory minimums and automatic sentence enhancements, have been criticized for forcing judges to sentence defendants based on calculations — of the amount and type of drugs involved, and the amount of prior offenses — rather than on a case-by-case basis.

“You have a President recognizing the mistakes Congress made in the 90’s, and also recognizing how hard it is to get real prison reform passedFor a President to honestly recognize that and really want to do something about it is a once in a lifetime thing,” said Barrington.

Barrington’s lawyers knew when they filed his petition that an immediate release was unlikely. Inmates must typically have served at least 10 years before a petition is granted. Barrington was only convicted in 2007.

Yet his lawyers believed Barrington had a strong case for clemency — even the judge who had originally sentenced him agreed that mandatory life was overly harsh. They filed his petition seeking an immediate release, but offered an alternate suggestion of a 15-year sentence — “a world of difference” from a life sentence, according to Daniel Ruzumna, one of three attorneys who worked on Barrington’s petition.

“He’s always been one to admit his mistakes, and I think he recognized that some punishment was appropriate — just certainly not a life sentence. And that’s thankfully what President Obama agreed with,” Ruzumna told Business Insider.

Far from being disappointed or surprised at his delayed release, Barrington said he had anticipated it.

“For myself, I’m just happy to have a release date. I know how lucky I am. I have met so many guys in my situation that wish they would have taken a plea of 20 or 30 years.”

An imperfect solution

Many have perceived Obama’s aggressive use of clemency as a substitute for criminal justice reform from a gridlocked Congress.

Though there appeared to be a bipartisan consensus on sentencing reform earlier this year, lawmakers lost momentum in the face of the contentious presidential election. No major progress has been made. 

Yet despite Obama’s groundbreaking use of the executive power, the clemency program is still only a temporary, insufficient solution to the wider problem of mass incarceration in the federal system, lawyers and criminal justice experts say.

Of the approximately 211,000 people locked up in federal prisons, nearly half are imprisoned for drug offenses, according to data from the Prison Policy Institute. Obama’s 774 sentence commutations, therefore, have affected less than 1% of all federal inmates convicted of drug crimes.

And Obama is unable to grant clemency for any of the nearly 2 million inmates held in state prisons — around 200,000 of whom committed drug offenses — because that power is reserved for states’ governors.

Inmates walk in San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, June 8, 2012.     REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Obama’s clemency strategy has received political blowback for appearing to interfere with sentencing laws in a manner that bypasses both judges and lawmakers. In September, for instance, Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, called on Obama to cease commuting sentences for inmates who “pose a threat to America’s public safety.”

“He has effectively set himself up as a judge, reviewing thousands of cases where they’ve been prosecuted, convicted, sentenced and appealed beyond the district court level. And he’s undercut all that work by commuting their sentences,” Goodlatte told USA Today.

As for Trenton Copeland and his family, their only hope is that he, too, will benefit from Obama’s unusual use of presidential clemency before his successor takes over.

Like Barrington, Copeland hasn’t yet served a full decade on his life sentence. His attorney Brittany Byrd has sought a commutation that would leave him serving a 10-year sentence instead, which she argues is a more appropriate punishment for a non-violent crime he has expressed genuine remorse for.

Byrd said she knows Copeland wouldn’t take a second chance from the president for granted.

“He is set to die in prison for a non-violent drug offense. Clemency from President Obama would literally save his life,” Byrd told Business Insider. “It would mean for Trenton that his life means something.” 

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Criminal Minds Season 12 Episode 4 Return Date, Spoilers; A Monster Creature on the Prowl? [Watch] – Movie News Guide

Criminal Minds Season 12 Episode 4 Return Date, Spoilers; A Monster Creature on the Prowl? [Watch]

Criminal Minds Season 12 Episode 4 was much awaited but there is a delay in its telecast. It is expected that episode will be aired next week.

The original telecast which had to take place on Oct. 19 was postponed due to the broadcast of the final presidential debate. Indeed, the debate involving Democratic nominee, Hilary Clinton and Republican nominee, Donald Trump replaced the time slot on 19th.


Most networks had put off their designated shows for the night to allow viewers to watch the speech without the fear of missing out on their favorite dramas.

So when will Episode 4 air?

According to the revised plan, Criminal Minds episode 4 will air on Oct. 26. Titled ‘Keeper’, the episode will portray a malicious serial killer in Virginia.

Spoilers Episode 4

Do not miss the trailer along with this news for episode 4. It deals with a serial killer in rural Virginia more specifically the Appalachian Trail area. The BAU team has launched a major search operation for this criminal to stop further gory murders.

Promo Clip with More Spoilers

The promo shows some terrifying sequences as the malicious serial killer has claimed the 7th victim. This is extremely scary as the speed with which killings were happening left everyone perplexed as to the modus operandi of the killer. The BAU unit is getting their best brains to crack this case, and nothing but tracking down the killer is their main agenda before more mayhem.

Is the killer a human being or a strange creature? There are indications of a wild and abnormal nature of the killer and clues do point to the presence of someone weird behind the murders. Episode 4 promises to be more thrilling in more ways than one.

Criminal Minds episode 4 is back Oct. 26, 2016 at 8pm central time on CBS.


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