After yet another incomprehensible act of violence, people around the country are wondering what can be done to prevent the death of more innocent people. Certainly, the accessibility of guns with the capacity to inflict maximum damage to maximum numbers of people must be addressed. As someone who has seen the unavailability of accessible care, however, the issue I would like to address is how we treat - or don't treat - people with serious mental health issues.
William J. Sheppard invited to speak on veteran's rights at Federal Bar Association annual meeting
"It has always been the belief of the members of this firm that the use of mandatory minimum sentences is wrong. The imposition of a lengthy prison sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offense, is contrary to any civilized notion of justice. Judge Bennett, a federal district judge sitting in Iowa, has been a fierce critic of such sentences and the following article presents one of the most persuasive arguments we have read about the injustice which accompanies these sentences."