Berlusconi has the right to appeal the ruling two more times before a definite sentence
, and he will not have to serve any time in jail until his final appeal is heard.
The Judiciary continues to say that Ashtiani's sentence has not been finalized, noting that "some more time and investigation is required to arrive at a definite sentence
." It has not been explained why a further investigation is required four years after Ashtiani was found guilty of adultery.
Mohseni Ejeie said that Mohammadi-Ashtiani still faces both the murder and the adultery charges but "some more time and investigation is required to arrive at a definite sentence
He said: "One thing that particularly got to Beverley was that the judge never gave him a definite sentence
and you and I know that is now due to come to an end.
The average definite sentence for drug offenders was 26 months, the same average sentence for African Americans and whites.
Of those male offenders convicted of robbery in 1930 and receiving definite sentences, 5.5% received sentences of less than two years; 17% received sentences of between two and five years; 27% received sentences between five and ten years; 35% received sentences between ten and twenty years and 13% received sentences in excess of twenty years.
This use of indeterminate sentencing also suggests something about the levels at which definite sentences were set.
For example, less than half of all prisoners sentenced to definite sentences of five years or more served five years or more.
While many new laws call for longer, more definite sentences
for violent and repeat offenders, some also contain a "presumption for local punishment" for many nonviolent offenders.