Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Mo, Do Federal Judges Pick a Sentence By the Toe?
Freedom of Information Act releases reveal federal judges appear to pick sentences the way toddlers sing nursery rhymes – wild, wayward, and often without evident reason.
According to a Syracuse-released survey, “An analysis of more than 370,000 cases completed in the nation’s federal courts during the last five years documented extensive and hard-to-explain differences in the sentencing practices by the judges.” Two months? Two decades? Is this Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome’s “wheel of justice” where justice is always just a “roll of the dice, a spin of the wheel”? Is it Nick Nolte’s Good Thief and his roulette wheel taking odds against Einstein, where the ball spins on the wheel, and around she goes, and where she ends, nobody knows?”
Trusting a federal judge with your liberty can be like trusting a stranger at the store with your child — think twice.” Robert Barnes
As an experienced practitioner in federal courts across the country, I can feel the frustration of those facing a criminal investigation, be it an IRS criminal investigation, FBI criminal investigation, or any other form of federal criminal investigation.
But don’t let the worry blind your judgment. Can federal judges be harsh? Yes. Can they be hard to predict from a novice eye? Yes. Can they be inconsistent? Too true. Does that mean you can still find a way to get what you need and prevent the worst from any IRS criminal investigation, FBI criminal investigation, or any other form of federal criminal investigation? You bet.
Remember: Fear is the government’s most powerful friend. A smart defense your most powerful friend. Knowledge is power. A smart defense against any IRS criminal investigation, FBI criminal investigation, or any other form of federal criminal investigation is your best friend. Taking on a judge and exposing his inconsistency and occasional outright hypocrisy is not easy, but wilting willows don’t get the outcomes you need and you deserve.
What makes a smart defense to a federal judge for someone under any IRS criminal investigation, FBI criminal investigation, or any other form of federal criminal investigation?
- Know the judge. Study every case he has handled;
- Study the judge’s professional and personal experiences before he came to the bench;
- Study the people who appointed him to the bench, as judges eerily tend to reflect the proclivities and persona of the politicians who sought them out to serve;
- Study all the sentences across the country in the same kind of case and gather all the data supporting your case;
- Know the probation officer (who will recommend a sentencing range to the judge), to make your best case through the probation officer.
You can fight for your freedom and keep your freedom.
And that’s just for starters. You need not fear the whimsical appearance of federal justice. You can fight for your freedom and keep your freedom. We can help you.
Barnes Law – Freedom, Justice. Law. Because You Deserve the Best Defense.