The Bench: What Is The Right Punishment?

THE BENCH

You are the judge. This is the loneliest responsibility you face on the bench — the moment when you must sentence a convicted man. The defendant now standing before you is Negro, 53 years old, a first offender who has been found guilty on 14 counts involving sales of marijuana and heroin. During his trial, you saw that he was adamant in denying guilt, but not antagonistic. The medical report says that he is in good health, mentally and physically. The investigator's report reveals that he was born in poverty, one of...

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