I find it incredible that Dr. MacKay would deliberately hurt his patients. This
"mandatory sentencing" thing has got to stop. 20 years for Dr. MacKay?
I agree with Irony Guy. Mandatory sentences can end up being "cruel and
unusual punishment" as each case is unique. Judges should have the liberty
to draw upon the DA and prosecutors, as well as the judge's own discretion
and experience, as well as experts in criminal fields, to determine sentencing.
Politicians establish mandatory sentences to look tough on crime. It becomes a
political reaction to win elections. This can be bad for society.Dr. MacKay may have misused his authority in prescribing medications (the
court determined that he did), but 20 years is excessive punishment.
He did the crime, now let him serve the time. Don't be naïve Utahans.
I suppose because he is a Sunday School teacher in prison you think he is Mr.
Good Guy. I think NOT.
Judy Ann, you don't know the man. How dare you judge so harshly. You need
to understand much more about the man.
A man died as a result of this doctor's crimes. Correct?
Liberal Jimmy,I believe you are correct, a man died from drug
overdose. But do we know if the man lied to Dr MacKay in order to obtain drugs
for the purpose of recreational use rather than legitimate reasons? Do we know
if the man followed the label instructions?Dr MacKay was guilty of
not following prescribing requirements. I am quite certain he did not intend
for a man to die. So why was Dr MacKay vearing from his obligations as a
prescriber? Was it because management put pressure on him to produce more, see
more patients, bill more? Was it because Medicaid & insurers have
drastically decreased reimbursements to doctors leaving them strained to manage
their business? None of these would excuse irresponsible prescribing behavior,
but I do believe doctors can be put in a difficult position many times. 20
years in prison is too harsh, in my opinion.