CBS Evening News for Sunday, Jan 01, 1984
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(Studio) Legal phrase "proportionality" said to refer to question of whether similar crimes are punished similarly across country. Florida judicial reform reported to be aiming at equalizing justice.
REPORTER: Morton Dean
(Miami, Florida) Details given with regard to Florida's system of assigning points to various crimes and sentencing accord to points. Case of strong-arm robbery of and injury to victim Juan Vasquez cited as example [VASQUEZ - describes injury.] Plans to abolish state parole commission noted. Problems with system reported, with criticisms outlined. [Circuit court judge Ellen Morphonius GABLE - says guidelines are outrageous.] Reasons for criticisms said to be leniency on violent offenders and hardness for victims. Case of stabbing victim Jacqueline Smith and offender Kevin Garrett given as example [SMITH - comments.] [Rape VICTIM - comments on sentences given her attackers.] [NOW spokesperson Patricia IRELAND - comments.] [JUDGE - speaks to defendant.] [Guideline Commission spokesperson Alan SUNDBERG - comments.] [Rape VICTIM - comments.] [JUDGE - asks question with regard to guidelines compared to old system.]
REPORTER: Wyatt Andrews