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Do you agree or disagree with the argument that crime seriousness and prior criminal records are not legally relevant variables? Use references to support your answer.

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QUESTION & RESPONSE:

1. Do you agree or disagree with the argument that crime seriousness and prior criminal records are not legally relevant variables? Also use references to support your answer.

Where do you position yourself?

It seems that crime seriousness and prior criminal records are legally relevant. From this position, you would disagree with the above statement.

For example, according to Roberts (1997), crime seriousness has to do with fitting the sentencing with the seriousness of the crime e.g., crime of passion versus premeditated murder. Likewise, past criminal records, especially when the criminal offence is of the same nature as the crime presenting, is highly relevant to show the criminal behavior pattern, and the character, of the defendant. In fact, ...

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