Sunday November 1, 2020

In a vacuum, we can only be outraged

People were shocked by the leniency of Tom Humphries’ sentence - but the truth is, we have no data about what an appropriate sentence might be

29th October, 2017

Standing at the back of the Circuit Court last Tuesday, I felt a twinge of discomfort when Tom Humphries was handed down a sentence of two and a half years. Having reported on criminal cases for over a decade, I knew in my gut the jail term was light, too light.

If I were to try to pinpoint the prevailing feelings behind that twinge, it was as much dread as outrage. I rightly suspected a...

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