Monday, March 24, 2008

Michigan: Request (Update)

Previously (here) PardonPower reported on the case of one Charles Fackelman who was sentenced to more than five years in prison on four felony charges for pulling a gun on a man - Randy Krell -and kicking in a neighbor's door while pursuing him. The incident occurred after Krell participated in a car chase that led to an accident that killed Fackelman's 17-year-old son. As Krell was given only a six-month sentence, supporters of Fackelman have initiated a petition asking Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) to commute his sentence. Now Circuit Judge Joseph A. Costello Jr. is responding to criticisms of his decision making in the case. Costello says that he was bound by the law and, as a result, the sentence was proper. As he puts it, "All procedures were followed." See story here.

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