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Question 2 (lean liberal): Which of the following comes closest to summarizing your feelings about this case (and perhaps others like it)?
He caused three deaths, and would be a continuing menace to society. The fact that he didn't necessarily intend people to die is irrelevant, or almost irrelevant.
He indirectly caused three deaths by doing something dangerous and illegal. He needs to be severely punished, but lack of intent should be a significant mitigating factor.
He was a businessman in an illegal and tawdry business and it wound up hurting people; but those people were making their own choices and were responsible for that, and could have gotten their drugs elsewhere. He's a drug dealer. He should be sentenced as a drug dealer. He should not face a huge sentence because his clients happened to die.
Same as above, but with some added outrage: This is an example of society vastly overpunishing someone as a scapegoat for what is really a societal problem. A huge, disproportionate sentence lets everyone pretend the problem is solved, and feel better about everything. The whole system should be ashamed of itself.
Posted 3 years.