Thursday, August 24, 2006

Why do they call it life?

Reading about a Danish terror indictment, I came across this head scratcher:

The four men, who cannot be named under a court order, would face up to life in prison if found guilty. Under Danish law, life sentences are commuted after 16 years.

Huh? If "life" sentences last 16 years, then why not call them what they are - 16 year sentences?

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