I think it is outrageous. . .
The current news item caught my attention: "Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Starts 14-Year Prison Sentence."
I know that this former governor was found guilty on 18 counts related to his attempts to "sell" the US Senate seat vacated when Barack Obama was elected president. The governor had the right to appoint a successor for Senator Obama's remaining term; he had no right to offer the appointment to the highest bidder.
What Governor Blagojevich did deserves to be punished. But is 14 years imprisonment appropriate?
I think it is outrageous. What purpose does such a long sentence serve? I think it is destructive to the respect for our system of justice.
No matter what the letter of the law, most people have a sort of inborn sense about the appropriateness of a sentence. That's why most people around the world are horrified when they learn that under the Islamic Sharia Law, a woman convicted of adultery can be sentenced to being buried up to her neck and then stoned to death by onlookers.
That is their letter of the law. Grossly horrifying, nevertheless.
Emil B. Rechsteiner