i call myself cassandra in my head (shinygobonkers) wrote in thequestionclub,
i call myself cassandra in my head

Say that Arnold murders his best friend, Bill. Arnold confesses his crime to the police and is arrested, etc. After doing some grieving, Bill's family decides that they forgive Arnold, and that they do not want him to have to spend the rest of his life in prison. Assuming that the prosecutor/judge have the ability/authority to set sentences as they see fit and are not technically obligated to go with Life in prison, even for murder...do you think that in such a case, assuming Arnold has no prior record, that they should follow the wishes of the victim's family? Or should they still insist on giving Arnold a life sentence?
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