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Prosecutors Conspire to Give Maximum Sentences to Offenders By Sending them to Federal Court

| by Dabney Bailey
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Government employees in Kentucky are using a new strategy called Project Recoil, which is aimed at causing as much recoil as possible for people who commit crimes. Participants collaborate to figure out how to levy maximum punishment against convicted criminals. One of the popular strategies is to send the alleged criminals to federal court, where the sentences tend to be much harsher and there is no chance of parole. U.S. Attorney David Hale, Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Wine, and Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad announced the plan earlier this week. Hale said, "police, federal agents and prosecutors are working together.” To criminals, Hale said, "you will be caught, you will be prosecuted and you will go to prison."The crime-fighting trio is specifically targeting gun owners, who will "spend the rest of their life in prison" for committing violent crimes with guns. Critics have had many complaints about the plan. Frank Mascagni, a defense attorney, argued that Project Recoil wouldn’t really deter crime because most criminals expect to go to state court. Additionally, the strategy burns federal resources to fix state-level problems. Similarly, former Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Armstrong fought against a similar plan called Project Backfire. He argued that sending cases to federal court was dishonest because he would be forcing the federal government to handle cases that the people of Kentucky elected him to handle. Former federal prosecutor Kent Wicker is also worried about the policy. Troy Lamont Gaines Jr. and Shaundrell Romani Robinson were both accused of robbing 11 gas stations and convenience stores. They could face 232 years in prison if they are convicted in a federal court. Wicker said, "Maybe these defendants deserve it; I don't know. But that's a lot of prison time." Do you think that Kentucky prosecutors are being overzealous or misguided as they push cases to federal courts? Source: USA Today