https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cyntoia-brown-life-sentence-supreme-court_us_5c0c7f30e4b0ab8cf693f5c5 following Kim Kardashian and Women's March groups.
I've been reading through the court case here https://law.justia.com/cases/tennessee/court-of-criminal-appeals/2009/browncyntoiadeniseopn.html and so far I've some mixed opinions so I figured I'd extend the question to y'all.
- Yes, The Punishment Fits The Crime
- No, The Punishment Is Excessive
- No, She Did Nothing Wrong
- Mixed Feelings
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i think we should separate two issues... the life sentence and the sentence in general
as far as i understood first time offenders of violent crimes who are minors are not subject to life sentences. so i'm rather surprised that she would be given a life sentence
i think it becomes especially unfortunate when you're talking about a minor who is effectively being raped by adults and you would think some sort of clemency or leniency in sentencing would occur for a person in her position
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In cases such as this, the evaluation of the evidence includes assessments of the credibility of witnesses. This is done by observing the witnesses testifying, listening to their speech patterns, tone of voice, etc., pauses in testimony, and many other factors that cannot be discerned at all from a review of the written record of the proceedings. That is why great deference must be given to the conclusions of the jury members who were is a superior position to assess the credibility of state and defense witnesses.