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#1 9 years ago

Demjanjuk charged in Germany - Yahoo! News

Why do 27,900 counts of accessory to murder carry only a 15 year maximum sentence?




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#2 9 years ago

cause its a free democracy




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#3 9 years ago

Perhaps it's a 15 year maximum sentence per charge. Not sure how if/how those charges could stack though (15 years times all the deaths found responsible for).

And charges can range from "responsible for a death" to ouright "1st degree murder". I'm not sure what the punishment in Germany are for all these charges, in the Netherlands you can get setenced to "life in prison without parol" for 1st degree murder. Which, means you will serve life in prison, though many people believe that this means a 20 year sentence. But since he was only charge with "accessory to murder " it makes sense that the maximum penalty for that is about to 15-20 years. The question is, can sentences stack?

But even if he can only get 15 year's I guess he'd die in prison of old age anyway...




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#4 9 years ago

I might be wrong, but I think 15 years in prison is the longest term you can get, HOWEVER inofficially you can get a "anschlie├čende Sicherheitverwahrung" which means something like "safe storage after term" which means they can hold you as long as they want when they think you're dangerous. Since that guy will probably not start to gas Jews on the middle of the road and will die in prison anyway it's 15 years.




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#5 9 years ago

In the US system usually sentences for separate crimes may be imposed either concurrently, meaning they're all served together, or consecutively, meaning they're served one...at...a...time. Surely to goodness if convicted the judge will have the discretion to sentence Demjanjuk so that his prison time will stretch out into the next Ice Age.




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#6 9 years ago

Eligible for parole in the year 420,509!!! Seriously, if that were me, and I was 89, it would be 27,901.




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#7 9 years ago

In the German System afaik you can only get 14-15 years. Charges can not be given consecutively and a charge is always given for the worst crime.

And I'm happy that we have no death sentence. May he rot in his 12sqm cell till he dies. Even though that he was just a small light.




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#8 9 years ago

I never liked the way prison terms are handed out here. It is particularly disturbing if you read about compulsive criminals who continue with their hobbies shortly after being released.

And that multiple crimes are punished with one term doesn't make a lot of sense to me either. Doesn't this look like a "kill one, get 29999 free" deal to a merciless criminal?




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#9 9 years ago

So this guy can walk at 104? I mean slim chance he ever gets there, but in Germany the max sentance for murder is 15 years, thats it?!?




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#10 9 years ago

I think so, however, usually people are kept in prison after that until someone determines that they don't pose a threat anymore, so they can effectively be locked away for 30 years or so.