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pass sentence (on someone or something)

1. Literally, of a judge, to determine and read out a sentence following a criminal conviction. Before I pass sentence, I want to allow a victim-impact statement to be read aloud before the court. The judge passed a sentence of 35 years on the convicted murderer.
2. To make or render a judgment someone or something, especially hastily or preemptively. I know you usually don't like musicals, but don't pass sentence until you see this one for yourself. The president has been quick to pass sentence on those who speak out against her policies.
See also: pass, sentence, someone

sentence (one) to (something)

To impose a particular legal penalty upon one who is found guilty of a crime. The judge sentenced the former CEO to 30 years in prison for his role in defrauding millions of customers over the span of 15 years. They sentenced him to 5 years of hard labor for simply stealing a loaf of bread.
See also: sentence
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

pass sentence on someone

1. Lit. [for a judge] to read out the sentence of punishment for a convicted criminal. It is my job as judge to pass sentence on you. The judge was about to pass sentence on Max—ten years in prison.
2. Fig. [for someone] to render a judgment on another person in the manner of a judge. You have no right to pass judgment on me! I wish you wouldn't pass judgment on everyone around you.
See also: on, pass, sentence

sentence someone to something (for something)

[for a judge] to order someone to suffer confinement, death, or labor for committing a crime. The judge sentenced Roger to three years in prison for the crime. The judge sentenced him to hard labor.
See also: sentence
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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a sentencer to decide whether or not to impose the death penalty based
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It was evident from the ways in which the sentencers described their cusp cases that sentencing is not so much a technical or value-neutral process as a value-laden process of constructing and exploring the narratives of the lives of the people in the dock.
(138) The dissent also noted that most state supreme courts that have decided the issue have applied Miller to cases such as Nathan's, requiring the sentencer to consider the offenders age, characteristics, maturity, background, and unique circumstances in light of the aggregate sentence.
Like Woodson and its progeny, Miller contemplates full-scale sentencing hearings for juveniles convicted of homicide where the sentencer can weigh a defendant's "immaturity, impetuosity, and failure to appreciate risks and consequences...
Based on Table 3, below, if the rate of capital homicides committed by juveniles remained constant (63) and applying the 1994 juvenile death sentence rate of .00094 (64) to the 13,800 murders in 2004, (65) one might have predicted about thirteen juvenile death sentences in 2004, of which only two were imposed (66)--thus a decline of eleven due to prosecutorial or sentencer decisions not to impose death sentences on juveniles.
He was a sentencer, convicted receive just Sir David Clarke, Recorder of He became Chief Magistrate in Aden in 1953, after being recruited by the Colonial Office, and was later Acting Chief Justice in Tanganyika until Independence when his job was abolished.
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2001) (granting relief in a capital case in which the defendant's "abusive childhood environment" was not presented to the sentencer).
"[T]he Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments require that the sentencer ...
(6) "While such standards are by necessity somewhat general, they do provide guidance to the sentencing authority and thereby reduce the likelihood that it will impose a sentence that fairly can be called capricious or arbitrary." (7) The Court in Gregg held that the Georgia statute was constitutional where the sentencer was informed of the relevant considerations in aggravation and mitigation and was provided with standards in the use of the information.
"The executive branch, through DOJ, acted as investigator, prosecutor, judge, jury, sentencer and collector, without any review or approval of its unilateral and largely secret actions," Better Markets said in the lawsuit.
The question of what weight to give to the offender's youth was determined by the sentencer on a case-by-case basis.
"This also completes almost 30 years as a sentencer. That is long enough for anyone, because sentencing today is as much a survival course."