http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A41956-2003May26.html?nav=hptop_tb Federal District Court Judge Charles W. Pickering Sr. was angry that a 20-year-old man convicted of burning a cross on an interracial couple's lawn faced a lengthy prison term under mandatory federal sentencing rules. "They're wanting seven years for a young man that got drunk," Pickering said, referring to prosecutors at the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. He went on to affirm in open court nine years . . .
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