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Detroit judge tells defendant he needed to be beaten: Did the judge go too far?

A Detroit judge told defendant Latrez Cummings he needed a father to beat him
A Detroit judge told defendant Latrez Cummings he needed a father to beat him
Photo via The Detroit Press Twitter page

A Detroit judge told a defendant he needed a beating, and the remarks have gone viral. The Associated Press via ABC News shared the details on Thursday of the incident. Wayne County Judge James Callahan is getting a lot of criticism for the comments he made to 19-year-old Latrez Cummings during sentencing.

Cummings was sentenced to six months in jail for his part in a mob attack on a motorist that took place last December. The judge was questioning Cummings, who responded that his father wasn't involved in his life as he grew up. That is when the Detroit judge told the defendant that he needed “Someone to beat the h*ll out of you when you made a mistake, as opposed to allowing you or encouraging you to do it to somebody else.”

As the Detroit News reports, Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Lisa Lindsey objected to the sentence of six months in jail. Cummings was also given three years of probation. Cummings was the last of four to be sentenced in the beating of Steve Utash. Cummings pleaded guilty and the prosecutor had asked for a stiffer sentence.

The incident took place last December after Steve Utash accidentally struck a 10-year-old boy with his vehicle. The boy is said to have darted out into traffic and Utash got out of his vehicle to check on him. A group of men attacked him and five men faced charges. Race has come up multiple times in the case, as Utash is white and all of the defendants are black.

Regardless of the sentences, races involved or background of the defendant, many think that Callahan was out of line with his remarks. Should the Detroit judge have told the defendant he needed to have had “someone to beat the h*ll” out of him to teach him right from wrong? This case has sparked a lot of discussion for a number of reasons, and it sounds as if it isn't over yet.