Florida judge Matthew Destry is being called out for handing down a bizarrely harsh sentence to a young man who stood before him for a crime as minor as driving with a suspended license.
A petition to remove Judge Destry from the bench has been launched by the victim’s family.
They explain that Herbert Smith was sentenced to 60 years in prison for nothing more than a violation of probation due to a driver’s license suspension charge.
The sentencing judge, Matthew Destry, presides over the Broward County Clerk of Courts.
Now, there is a Change.org petitionagainst the judge for his clearly extreme sentencing. Read the following excerpt from the petition below:
On Tuesday a young man by the name of Herbert Smith was sentenced to 60yrs in prison for a simple violation of probation due to a drivers license suspension charge, by Judge Matthew Destry of the Broward County Clerk of Courts.
This judge has been known for over sentencing people of color I’ve read several articles and several people have spoken about this judge as far as to how they were unfairly treated. We will not sit around and allow these types of injustices to go on we want justice.
Minimum mandatory sentencing guidelines are a violation of our constitutional rights it gives the judge the right to lock people away and throw away the key, I’ve seen murderers and rapist get less harsher sentences, This judge is unfair and needs to be removed from the bench because he doesn’t have the best interest for people of color. Please sign this petition if you fully understand why it’s important to stand up against inequality and injustice in the courts.
According to Smith’s family, the judge has been known for over sentencing African Americans to the absolute maximum penalties allowed under the law.
Now, friends, family and supporters of Smith are calling for the judge to be removed from the bench, due to what they consider discriminatory sentences practices.