Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Tire-Slashing Case Plea Agreement Ignored

According to WisPolitics, the plea agreement made between prosecutors and the four young men accused of slashing the tires of GOP vans in Milwaukee on election day in 2004 has been ignored by the presiding judge.

The sentences doled out range between 4 and 6 months in work-release jail for the defendants.

I'm surprised someone who is considered such a reasonable judge like Michael Brennan would make a move like this.

None of these young men had any prior records, nor could they be considered in the least threats to society or to re-offend. To me, it's those cases where jail is appropriate -- not when a plea agreement was reached that didn't involve imprisonment.

So what was Brennan's motivation for the relatively rare move of ignoring a plea deal?

UPDATE: See here.

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