Judge free's convicted measure 11 criminal early.
Circuit Judge William Cramer Jr. has released Charles L. Clifford, a man found guilty of a measure 11 crime in 2009, after having only served a portion of his 70 month mandatory sentence. Measure 11 requires mandatory minimum sentencing for crimes including, murder, kidnapping and assault. Many liberals see this as an act of kindness and mercy by the courts. In reality this is a slap to the face of the voting population of the state of Oregon who voted to pass measure 11 in 1994 and expected the government to follow the law its citizens had passed.
Governor John Kitzhaber wants to let judges use discretion for sentencing in regards to measure 11 crimes despite what the people have mandated.
Clatsop County District Attorney, Josh Marquis, joined the show today to give his insights into this issue. To find out Mr. Marquis’s thoughts on the importance of measure 11 listen below.
Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis