To Send a Message
Posted by judicialethicsforum on Tuesday, June, 30, 2009
I’m interested in whether others share my (and Kant’s) concern with sentencing Madoff to the max in order to “send a message,” as Judge Chin said.
Without doing any research on it, my recollection is that a prosecutor isn’t supposed to say that in closing argument, but that a judge is understood to be able to take general deterrence into account in sentencing. But it troubles me.