From Families Against Mandatory Minimums.
Why did Michelle Taylor get such an excessive sentence? Nevada law imposes a mandatory life sentence (with parole eligibility after 10 years) for the crime of lewdness with a minor under 14. The prosecutors had discretion to charge her with any number of crimes that carried different penalties, but they chose to prosecute her under this law. The prosecutors also refused to offer Michelle a plea deal. No one knows why.
Click here to watch a portion of the sentencing hearing.
Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously said he could not define obscenity but that he knew it when he saw it. Well, I feel the same about injustice. I know it when I see it, and it looks like Michelle Taylor’s case.
This is the video of Michelle’s sentencing on April 15th in Elko County, Nevada. Last November a jury found her guilty of lewdness with a minor under the age of 14. That sounded pretty serious to me until I heard what she did: asking (unsuccessfully, I might add) a teenager for sex and making him touch her breast over her clothing.
Let’s be clear: FAMM does not condone such conduct or any criminal behavior, but I was dumbstruck when I learned that on April 15, Michelle Taylor was sentenced to life in prison. No reasonable person can believe that the punishment fits the crime in this case. Life sentences should be reserved for the most violent and repeat violent offenders!