Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Michigan: Report / Request

This article reports that, during her five years in office, Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) has ordered commutations in only 20 of the 3,438 requests that have come before her, and mostly for "medical reasons."

Now comes an "online petition" that asks her to commute the prison sentence of one Charles Fackelman who threatened two men with a loaded handgun and could serve up to 20 years in prison for it. The incident occurred after a car crashed into a tree, killing Fackelman's 17-year-old son. Fackelman's brother calls the sentence "excessive" as Charles is "not the criminal type." Ironically, the driver of the car received only six months for negligent homicide. The brother also called the minimum sentence of 5 3/4 years a "death sentence" for the 47-year old Fackelman. The online petition, and additional information on the case, can be found here. A lively group discussion of the case can also be found here.


Anonymous said...

The sentence Charles Fackelman received is an outrage for several reasons.

1.) Compare the penalty given to a man whose actions resulted in the death of a 17 year old (6 months) to the penalty given to another man who threatened someone (6 - 20 years?) Where is the justice?

2.) What is the purpose of prison? To punish someone -- Charles Fackelman's 17 year old son was killed because of road rage - he has been punished enough! To rehabilitate someone --all this sentence is going to do is make it worse for Charles Fackelman and his family. Now, his wife has not only lost a son, but also a husband. His other children have not only lost a brother, but also a father.

The sentence given to Charles Fackelman is doing nothing to make society better -- only worse.

The Fackelman's are law abiding citizens. They took care of their family and contributed to society. What is wrong with this country when we have lost all compasion and understanding for another individual?

P.S. Ruckman, Jr. said...

EDITOR: This does appear to be one of the most odd and disturbing cases that I have come by because, well, I can't think of much that I would not do if a negligent person killed my son. I wonder two things: 1) have the Fackelmans have contacted state, local and federal representatives from Michigan for support? and 2) what do the judge, prosecutor and members of the jury now say about this case?

Anonymous said...

First of all, to the
Fackelman family, I have you all in my prayers. My family is just sick over Mr. Fackelman's sentencing. This is a complete injustice and I don't see how this judge could do this to your family. There isn't one person in this country that wouldn't feel the same way Mr. Fackelman did. It's obvious he is not a threat to society and was seriously depressed and distraught when he chased down the human waste known as Randy Krell! Not only did he foolishly cause the death and injury to these teenagers, but then he lied about his involvement! I hope he gets what is coming to him one day. What goes around comes around.

Mr. Fackelman deserves probation and counseling, NOT prison!!! This is an outrage!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I must say, I have the highest respect for Mr. Fackelman.
As any normal person would be, he was devasted. A matter only worsened by the lack of punishment in this case.
Yes, he went to the man's house to confront him, and yes, he took a gun.
BUT - he didn't shoot him, he didn't even hurt him! That I find amazing.
Again, the highest respect, I couldn't possibly have stopped myself from severely injuring him at the very least. Although I suspect I probably would have done worse!
He is obviously a stronger and better person than I.

Anonymous said...

The Fackelman Family have contacted all those they believe may be able to help. Question 2) Some of the jury members have come forward and feel terrible about this GBMI verdict. They feel that they were deceived by the System. That is not uncommon and is not in itself ground enough to commute the sentence or appeal. Yes Appeal is in progress but we are afraid the it is going to go no where as is the petition. All we can do is try

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