Robert Holmes Bell

12:46 pm
Sat September 21, 2013

West Michigan federal judge knocks mandatory minimum sentences

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Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A federal judge in Grand Rapids is speaking on behalf of judges across the country as Congress considers whether to ease up on mandatory minimum sentences.

Robert Holmes Bell is chairman of the criminal law committee of the U.S. Judicial Conference. In a letter this week to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Bell says mandatory minimum sentences in federal court waste tax dollars and produce "unjust results."