Originally Posted by MWM
A judge has to agree to a plea deal to begin with. The judge is in charge of the sentencing. They don't officially get sentenced until the very hearing Chad was at. A judge can, and should, have to the right to reevaluate their intended sentence until the time they hand it down based on new information about the defendant.
And this whole "because her feelings were hurt" is your own speculation. It's your opinion based on....well, nothing really. Does she have a precedent of this? Do you know anything else about her other than what she did in this case? I don't know why you'd automatically assume it had to do with her ego.
Here you had a flashy professional athlete who hit a woman. This is a very serious charge. He got a fancy lawyer who got him a plea deal. He shows up in court looking like he didn't care. Then he makes a joke out of a serious question a judge asked him in a very serious criminal proceeding. Her perception was that this was a guy who was not taking this whole thing seriously and needs to understand how serious this really is. It's not like she sentenced him to multiple years in a max security prison. The more I think about it, the more I think she did the right thing. Guys like Chad Johnson need to know they have to follow the same rules everyone else does. You can't go making a mockery of the criminal justice system like he was doing.
You make it sound like he got some sweetheart deal because he got a flashy lawyer and actually deserved more. Well considering it's a first offense for misdemeanor DV, if it had occurred in some of the jurisdictions I work in, I might have been able to get him into a diversion program which, if he completed it successfully, would have gotten it off his record entirely. But I'm no flashy lawyer, I'm just a public defender who represents those who can't afford an attorney. And if a client slapped my butt, I think the most the judges I deal with would have given him is a 30 day suspended sentence for contempt with the threat that they would be run consecutive to any time currently suspended over his head.
But Chad is free now, which I suspect happened because someone at the jail sent a message to the judge that someone they really want to keep in jail could get emergency released because of overcrowding.
Not to minimize the crime of domestic violence, but there are many men AND women who get charged for crossing the line by getting physical during an argument. When looking at sentencing these people, courts often consider factors other than punishment. For first timers, the desire is often that they receive some kind of court supervised help to give them skills they can use to cope with stressful situations in the future so that they don't reoffend. That often involves anger management, counselling, and evaluation for drug and alcohol problems. When you see as many "frequent fliers" as we do, judges will often do what they can to provide the offender with the opportunity to make positive changes in their life to make sure it doesn't happen again.