The story of a Negro triple murderer was interesting in itself. Then I did some more research.
The Jewish woman judge who reduced Douglas Shine’s sentence from death to life in prison has a history of self-promotion.
According to Cleveland Magazine the judge was a defense attorney who defended some real scum.
Synenberg describes herself as “a social liberal.” As a judge, her philosophy is that people are complex and that the “law invites you to take a look at them individually.”
“Working on the premise, of course,” she continues, “that people are inherently good.” She says that politics has no place on the bench.
Jean Capers, a well-respected retired Cleveland Municipal Court judge, explains it like this, “Her compassion is the same toward all.” She describes Synenberg’s skills as “impeccable.”
A gentleman of color will get to spend the rest of his life in prison rather than face death because of her social liberalism, which according to this story is rare. The taxpayers get to pick up the tab for his food, clothing, and medical care. That’s ridiculous.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A recent decision by a Cleveland judge to overrule a jury’s death sentence recommendation for a triple killer highlights how rare such judicial decisions are.
Research by The Associated Press found just eight additional examples of judicial overrides since Ohio’s current death penalty law took effect in 1981. That’s compared with more than 320 death sentences handed down during the same time period.
Overriding death sentences can be politically risky for judges, who are elected in Ohio and many other states, said Doug Berman, an Ohio State University law professor and sentencing expert.
Many cases with strong evidence against capital punishment for a defendant are resolved with plea bargains before ever reaching a jury, he added. Those cases typically involve pretrial research turning up strong mitigating evidence — a horrific childhood or mental disabilities, for example — that outweigh what are called aggravating circumstances, such as the brutality of the crime.
“It’s relatively rare a case will get to a jury verdict if it looks like there’s a pretty significant possibility that the mitigators will outweigh the aggravators,” Berman said.
Cuyahoga County Judge Joan Synenberg cited defendant Douglas Shine Jr.’s prolonged physical and psychological abuse as a child, mental health problems and years of incarceration in sentencing him to life in prison with no chance for parole on Dec. 19 instead of accepting a jury’s recommendation for the death penalty.
Testimony during the trial’s death penalty phase showed that Shine’s early childhood was chaotic and “characterized by persistent neglect and physical and psychological abuse,” Synenberg said. She noted that Shine lived in youth detention facilities from age 10 to 16 followed by two years in an adult prison.
Prosecutors said Shine walked into a Warrensville Heights barber shop in February 2015, pulled two guns from beneath his coat and opened fire, killing three people and wounding two men and a woman.
“Unfortunately, the court gave more weight to the self-serving, unsubstantiated statements of an unrepentant, malingering mass murderer than to the overwhelming evidence that he was fully capable of planning and carrying out this diabolical attack on a crowded barbershop filled with men, women and children,” Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty said following Synenberg’s ruling.