Senior Circuit Judge Tomie Green ignored the law yet again and suspended all but twenty years on a life sentence for a convicted killer. A Hinds County jury convicted Hamin Shaheed of first degree murder in April. However, Judge Green sentenced him to serve life in prison but then suspended all but twenty years of the sentence.
Mr. Green was born on March 2, 1990. The killer will thus be set free when he is 45 years old. Mississippi law does have something to say on the suspension of sentences:
Section 47-7-33 of the Mississippi Code: (1) When it appears to the satisfaction of any circuit court or county court in the State of Mississippi, having original jurisdiction over criminal actions, or to the judge thereof, that the ends of justice and the best interest of the public, as well as the defendant, will be served thereby, such court, in term time or in vacation, shall have the power, after conviction or a plea of guilty, except in a case where a death sentence or life imprisonment is the maximum penalty which may be imposed or where the defendant has been convicted of a felony on a previous occasion in any court or courts of the United States and of any state or territories thereof, to suspend the imposition or execution of sentence, and place the defendant on probation as herein provided, except that the court shall not suspend the execution of a sentence of imprisonment after the defendant shall have begun to serve such sentence. In placing any defendant on probation, the court, or judge, shall direct that such defendant be under the supervision of the Department of Corrections.
This is not the first time Judge Green has apparently ignored the law and suspended part of a sentence. JJ readers may remember a sicko named Bias who raped his three-year old daughter and gave her an STD. Judge Tomie Green sentenced him to 20 years and suspended 5 years of the sentence in 2011. He will be out of jail when his daughter is 18 years old. Earlier post on Bias case. The law Section 97-3-65 (3)(c) of the Mississippi Code states:
If eighteen (18) years of age or older and convicted under subsection (1)(b) of this section, to imprisonment for life in the State Penitentiary or such lesser term of imprisonment as the court may determine, but not less than twenty (20) years;What does (1)(b) state?
(b) A person of any age has sexual intercourse with a child who:Kingfish note: That was the news, now for the opinion. These suspensions are nothing short of being illegal acts committed by an out of control judge. A judge who takes a tougher line against the Sheriff and other judges than she does to criminals. These two cases are just the ones known to JJ. One shudders to think if there are other cases where Judge Green has ignored the law to help a criminal. Readers can send notices of other similar cases to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(i) Is under the age of fourteen (14) years;
(ii) Is twenty-four (24) or more months younger than the person; and
(iii) Is not the person's spouse.