Judges need discretion. It is their responsibility to make factual determinations when juries are not involved, and to make conclusions of law in individual cases. After hearing testimony from all the witnesses and examining all the evidence, they are in the best position to determine appropriate consequences for the defendant within the range of guidelines provided by the legislature. However, when justice requires, they should be allowed to deviate from those general guidelines whenever appropriate in individual circumstances.
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