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When an unjust law boomerangs on the supporting lawmaker

May 04, 2009 When an unjust law boomerangs on the supporting lawmaker

In 1992, Harold Brazil was a member of the District of Columbia city council. I understand he supported the 1992 bill to reduce a whole slew of misdemeanors to a maximum sentence of 180 days or less, to avert a jury trial.

Last Friday, Mr. Brazil was convicted of assault at a Georgetown tattoo parlor, where apparently his only alleged crime was throwing an air punch.

After the adverse verdict and sentencing, for a suspended jail sentence, Brazil said he would have preferred a jury trial. He would have gotten a jury trial had he and his colleagues not robbed countless criminal defendants of the jury trial right.

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