March 26, 2017

New York State Judges need to rule according to the law

by Henry West


New York State Judges Need to Rule According to the Law

It's amazing how New York state judges can violate the penal law any time they want to keep someone in jail and get away with it. If anyone else violates the penal law, they would get arrested, prosecuted and sent to jail. I'm talking about the judges from the lower courts up to the New York state court of appeals.

Judges are illegally using a defendant's first conviction to sentence them as a persistent violent felony offender. The sentencing guidelines for a persistent violent felony offender (Penal Law Section 70.08) states that a persistent violent felony offender is a person who stands convicted of a violent felony offense as defined in subdivision one of section 70.02, after having previously been subjected to two or more predicate violent felony convictions.

The New York state legislature did not intend the persistent violent felony offender law to apply, however, unless each of the two or more predicate violent felony convictions, other than the first, was for a felony which occurred after sentence had been imposed for the conviction which preceded it. There are many cases that support this.

To break it down in layman terms, in order to be sentenced as a persistent violent felony offender, a defendant must have his first conviction, followed by a second conviction, which is his first predicate, followed by a third conviction, which is his second predicate, and then his fourth conviction would make him a persistent violent felony offender. A defendant must have four convictions to be a persistent. Anything less than four is unauthorized, illegal and invalid as a matter of law.

Furthermore, even the New York state court of appeals in 1984 agreed with the legislature that a defendant must have two or more predicates other than the first. But years later and even now, the court of appeals is not honoring this law. They are violating defendants' rights and making them do years of incarceration well past the maximum guidelines, which is unlawful imprisonment and cruel and unusual punishment.

If you have family or friends that have been sentenced as a persistent on their third conviction, tell them to fight it and don't give up. Don't let these incompetent judges get away with taking away the rest of their lives.


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glennfloors Posted 5 years, 8 months ago. ✓ Mailed 5 years, 8 months ago   Favorite
Hello Henry, first let me say it is a nice surprise to hear from you. Second I'm not sure that I'm comfortable corresponding this way. I see at the bottom of the page there is an email option, can you receive and send emails? I will try sending you one I guess and see what happens. According to my GPS your about 80-95 miles from me depending on route and traffic. I remember Angelo and the rest from Sullivan, that's where I met Kip and me and Dylan spent a whole lot of time in the Law Library researching Kip's case. I'll try email and a letter next as I have a lot to tell you. I almost died 3 times since September 2016, I'm currently on disability and trying to stay out of the Hospital and pay my bills. I spent more time in the Hospital between 9/26/16 and 2/12/17 then at home. I was admitted on 5 separate occasions and in between the longest time at home was less than a month. I'm finally starting to do better as I've now been at home since 2/12/17. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Esophageal Cancer and have a 40% chance of survival over the next five years. The operation to remove my esophagus took 8 hours and since then I've had 9 other procedures due to complications. It's almost midnight and I need to stop to take medication which I take through what's called a "J" tube which is also how I get most of my nutrition. I also have a MRI scheduled for 11a.m. tomorrow morning and need to get some rest. I'll get back to u later. Send me visiting instructions and rules also the phone number of the Facility and a name on the slim chance I can visit I'd need to coordinate a few things such as my medication. Till next time, your friend, Glenn

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