This is obvious but… at a sentencing hearing, the prosecution recommends the punishment that should be doled out by the court. Often, there have been a series of negotiations with the defense as to the best course, so that all sides agree on the outcome. Sometimes, of course, the two sides can’t reach an agreement; then it’s entirely up to the court.
And then there’s the sentencing of Robert C. Hansen.
Judge Ralph E. Moody