I regularly read JuliaM's blog at http://thylacosmilus.blogspot.com/ so I wasn't shocked to see the case in the paper today where 4 girls racially abused and beat up another girl, yet didn't get sent to jail, receiving only a suspended sentence
Then today I was reading the news sent round at work, and I saw that the first conviction had been made under the bribery act. This chap took £500 to refrain from entering the details of a traffic summons in a court database. He was sentenced to 6 years in jail (3 for the bribery and 6 for misconduct in public office, to run concurrently).
Now don't get me wrong - what he did was very wrong, but 6 years in jail? That seems a little over the top. Sacking him and giving a very honest reference would pretty much destroy his career prospects, and seems like it would nearly be punishment enough on it's own. Throw in a big hefty fine and I'd say you're good.
The first case I mentioned? Jail seems to be the least we could be expected to do...
How did we get so turned around?
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