David Becker’s case in Massachusetts is similar to the infamous Brock Turner case. There s outcry over Becker’s light sentences of a two year probationary term. However, due to the way Massachusetts law works, if Becker was sentenced to any amount of incarceration, he would have to register as a sex offender for 10 or 20 years. Both the judge and the victim did not want to ruin the life of an 18 year old. The way Massachusetts law is structured, prevents the judge from mitigating collateral consequences and thus leads to “all or nothing” sentences when a judge wishes to consider these factors.
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