tafnut wrote:So the 10-year max sentence is pled down to 6 months?
The recommendation from the prosecutors, agreed to by MJ, is zero to six months. The Court can do whatever it wants. If it says zero to six months then MJ has no recourse to appeal the sentence. If it is over six months she can appeal the sentence, but may not remove the guilty plea.
Seems like judges normally go along with these kinds of arrangements, but not always. A guy I used to work with retired and became a fishing boat captain up in Oregon. One day he was out on the ocean when a storm came in. The Coast Guard gave him explicit instructions about which port to head for. He purposely disobeyed the instructions, the boat subsequently capsized and three people died.
He was prosecuted for ‘seaman’s manslaughter’. A plea agreement was reached where he plead guilty and the federal prosecutors recommended 3 ½ years of jail time. The judge turned around and gave him six years. My guess is, knowing this guy from work, that his smartass know-it-all attitude (the same know-it-allness that got him in trouble and people dead) came across to the judge and the judge let him have it.
Based on that, I would speculate that MJ’s tearful mea culpa is part of an orchestrated attempt to show proper contrition prior to sentencing in January.