To what extent do you excuse people's behavior if they merely say that they are sorry? Mandatory sentences can be harsh, but mitigation can also be abused. You need only look at some judges' decisions (like in New England over the child molestation-murder case where the judge had to be overruled for handing out extremely lenient sentences). There probably should be a minimum for drunk driving offenses if they result in someone's death, no matter how sorry the the perp is about it. Wha's the avg for involuntary manslughter?
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