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The judge makes a point of stating that he'd give Gerry the death penalty for treason if Gerry had been so accused.

What is the meaning of judge's statement?

  • The writing at your link is a little off-the-cuff; this should be "...stating that he would have given ..." – StoneyB on hiatus Jun 25 '16 at 11:29
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Gerry and the others were accused of various crimes that did not include treason. They were found guilty and given lengthy sentences. In other words, they will be in prison for a long time, if not their entire lives. So the judge's statement implies that something like

You're lucky you weren't accused with treason, or else I would have sentenced you to death!

Or at the very least, he is implying that Gerry deserves to be sentenced to death for his crimes.

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