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Pensacola outcry over Criminal Sentencing of Tasing Police Officer Too Lenient

By M. James Jenkins, Esq.

Pensacola Federal District Court Casey Rogers was criticized by the editorial in the Pensacola Florida News Journal in Sunday's paper on February 28, 2007 for imposing too lenient of sentence to Former Escambia County Sheriff's Deputy Charles Dix. Yes, from what one reads in the Pensacola New Journal the sentence seemed light. However, what the public isn't told is that the United States Sentencing Commission Guidelines establish a set of Guidelines that federal Judges are required to consider when sentencing an offender that only called for a 12 to 18 month sentence of incarceration, even if Dix had not become a cooperating witness. Generally, in my opinion, these federal guidelines are far too harsh, especially when it comes to drug and white collar sentences...continue to full post

Full post as published by Florida Criminal Law Blog on February 21, 2007 (boomark / email).

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