He still questions laws as a teacher, advocate
Go Paul Cassell. I agree - the punishment should fit the crime, not somebody's
political gain. Please fix it.And before anyone misunderstands and
thinks Paul Cassell wants to be soft on crime, think again. He tried to abolish
the miranda rights, before he was a judge.My impression is that Paul
Cassell just wants fairness. Go for it, help us fix it.
It's a welcome voice to hear there is somebody in the legal system that wants to
try and fix it. Many in the profession knows is broken but those that can fix it
are to cowardly and politically motivated with self interest to stand up and do
any thing about it. Paul Cassell should be praised for his efforts and hope he
succeeds in his efforts to repair the broken justice system. I have to agree
with his dislike of the 3 party justice being handed out. Families of victims
should not be heard at trials with their sob stories and given any creadance.
The court is allowing statements and testimony without merit that defendants
can't refute or question. Alowing prejudical unproven testimony is akin to
kangaroo courts. Prosecutors will do anything to get a conviction to further
their political career, and overlook and hide the truth and facts to get there.
Perhaps prosecutors should be barred from any political party activity or
running for any political positions for at least 2 calendar years after they
leave and resign their positions as prosecutors. We need to get political
manuvering out of the justice system. Go Paul and good luck.
I like Mr. Cassell's ideas, but I wonder if he would have had more influence by
remaining a federal judge. It seems that by resigning his judgeship, he runs the
risk of quickly fading into obscurity and irrelevance.
Even among the "off the wall" stands of our congressional delegation at time,
and out state legislature all the time, I have found the attitudes of Judge
Cassell, as refreshing and honest as the memories of J. D. Williams... my
sincerest appreciation for at least two leaders in the community of honesty
Our entire penal system is archaic and disfunctonal. It needs to be completly
revamped. Our current prisons system is more like a college where minor
criminals are trained to be major criminals. Unfortunatly reform is unlikely
with the state of politics in the country.
Judge Cassell shows great courage and an appreciation for the proper role of the
judiciary with this decision. Ideally we would have such wise, knowledgeable
persons working for us on Capitol Hill, but political process makes it hard for
even-tempered, objective thinkers to accomplish much. Even if one
does not always agree with his views, we need more people to think carefully
about the law and ask the right questions like Judge Cassell.
I was hoping that someday, Paul Cassell would be on the US Supreme Court. He
would be an excellent Justice. He has the right temperment.
It sounds like Mr. Cassell is one of the few federal judges with common sense.
Too bad he didn't stay in - he could have done more to help fix the problem -
but each to his own. I wish him well as he inspires more young legal minds.
What this judge needs to comment on is why pro se litigants are given such
disrespect in the American judicial system? I have seen motions and suits
filedby pro se litigants that use all the proper case law and make
effective tenacious legal arguments. Thesecases are thrown out
immediately without any consideration..The fine judge should explain why common
citizens are deprived their constitutional rights and the ability to bring suit.
These judgesfavor attorneys and harm citizens. They legislate from the
bench and ignore the basic constitutional rights regarding parents and children.
The fundemental right to care and nurture one's children is constitutionally
protected and enunciated in Troxel v. Granville. The etheric idea that
the state has some ('parens') superior interest to thatof the
constitutional right of a parent is a farce,that doctrine occurs in no
place in any constitution.It is an idea not the law.These judges are
a disgrace to allow our American family's to be hurt in Family Court daily for
the benefit of their corrupt bretheren the domesticrelations attorney.
I am grateful that U.S. District Judge Paul Cassell would give up the power and
prestige of a federal judgeship to work on behalf of a generation of young black
men who are spending their lives behind bars because of Congress' craven
pandering to racism and voters' fears of crime. Because Congress
stripped the federal judiciary of the ability to mete out compassion as well as
justice, first-time offenders of all races have lost their freedoms and their
futures. I just hope that by opting for activism, Cassell furthers
his reform agenda more than he could have by wielding influence from the bench.
I am happy to see someone standing up for the rights of unjust penalties. I have
a friend Edward Gutierrez 06822-045 at Lompoc FCI who is doing 29 years for a
1st time drug conviction. Those that commit murder do less time than that
especially when it is your first offense. His case began surveilence under the
old law yet he was sentenced under the new law. Therefore he canot be eligable
for parole. He has served over 10 years and I belive that is enough. Can't
someone look at his case and find that he no longer deserves to be in prison
just to let him out as an old man with no life left to live. Is there someone
who can help?Thank you,William Freeman
What a remarkably wise man! I wish Cassell every success in his new
undertakings, and hope that our legal system will eventually be filled with many
who think as he does.
I agree with Prof. Cassell especially in regards to the ID Theft law (mandatory
2 year sentence), but federal prosecutors have had all discretion taken away
with what is called the "Ashcroft Memo" that says that they must charge the
highest charge - rather than use discretion to seek justice.I had
more discretion as a kid D.A. than when I was a federal prosecutor.
Our judicial system is out of control. It's nice to see someone trying to change
some of it. Our prisons are over crowded with non violent offenders at the tax
payers expense.And getting worse every year.
Does it make sense to allow the King Pin a 3 year sentence while others he
turned over receive a much harsher sentence when they have nothing more to give
the prosecuters to get their sentence reduced.Thank You Pro. Cassell for
trying to make a difference.