Judge Finds Parole Board in Contempt for Ignoring Order

, New York Law Journal


A judge has held the state Board of Parole in contempt for ignoring a directive to give greater weight to factors other than those underlying the 1975 murder of a police officer when deciding whether to release the man who killed him.

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  • Honest Iago

    The problem here is simple: our Courts are hamstrung because they are limited to granting a new parole hearing when the one under review was flawed. The solution is equally simple: give the Courts the authority to substitute their discretion for that of the Parole Board when the Board is found to have abused its discretion. Mr. Mackenzie deserves to be paroled under existing law. If we want cop-killers to remain behind bars for life, let‘s convict them of first degree murder and give them life without parole. Why pretend that Mr. Mackenzie is ineligible for parole release simply because we don‘t like cop-killers? Better to take our retribution neat than to dilute it with hypocrisy.

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