Kalindra said "Of course, the biggest conflict with mandatory drug laws is
the discrepancy between amounts of crack cocaine (28 grams) and powder cocaine
(500 grams) that trigger the sentence."Easy answer even Orrin
Hatch will attest to (see fugees). Poor dirty people use crack, but our precious
celebrities, athletes and wealthy use Cocaine. just like wall street steal
millions, get fined maybe a couple years in a prison with no fence and a golf
course.Locally...Weldon Angelos, the son of a Greek immigrant,
was accused of selling marijuana to a police informant on several occasions
worth a total of $350; the witness stated that Angelos had a firearm strapped to
his body, but no photographs or evidence existed other than his testimony,
and Angelos never used or brandished his gun.The judge in the
case, Paul Cassell (of the U.S. Court for the District of Utah) sentenced
Angelos to 55 years, but said he had no choice but to do so and urged President
Bush to commute the sentence, calling it "unjust, cruel, and
irrational", noting the sentence is much more than the minimum for
hijacking, kidnapping, or rape.
@ Badger55: Nice picking and choosing what you quote.The amounts
you cite are for a 10 year mandatory term. The five year mandatory term has
much lower amounts - still probably more than the average weekend pot smoker
will have in his or her possession at one time, but low enough to catch someone
other than a hard-core dealer. Of course, the biggest conflict with
mandatory drug laws is the discrepancy between amounts of crack cocaine (28
grams) and powder cocaine (500 grams) that trigger the sentence.
Be careful what you wish for...drug dealers in federal prison are not dope
smoking addicts. They are hardcore dealers. Example:To be prosecuted
under federal law(except when on federal lands) a person has to be in possession
of 1 Kilo or more of heroin5 Kilos or more of Cocaine1 Kilo of
PCP1000 kilos of Marijuana(2200 pounds)I would venture to say that
the common dope smoker will never see 2200 pounds of Marijuana in their
lifetime.People pushing this much garbage are not just junkies
looking to get high. They are a the bigger fish that need to be caught and
locked up. It is amazing that people would actually want these guys on the
street. Dealers and criminals in general would much rather go to state
court because of the minimum mandatory sentencing incurred by the federal
system. take that away and it will embolden dealers everywhere.
I'm a Republican who voted for Romney, but I have to say, I agree with AG
Holder on this one. Mandatory sentences for drug offenses has not proven to be a
deterrent. Instead, many young people who for one reason or another
make the mistake of getting involved in drugs are then forced to spend the best
years of their lives in prison rather than in drug treatment.The
entire system of sentencing drug offenders needs to be overhauled. We're
letting too many rapists, sex offenders and con men out of prison early because
our courts and prisons are swamped with drug cases, most of them involving
simple drug possession. I'm not sold on the idea of legalizing
drugs, but our government needs to move the issue of drugs further away from the
criminal aspect and closer to the health aspect.
I wonder how many of holder's family and associates are sitting behind bars
on drug convictions? I suspect he has personal reasons - I souldn't be
surprised if he's looking to reduce the consequences of what he plans to do
after he leaves the office he has so completely disgraced.
Prepare for the world to end, I actually agree with something Mike Lee is
involved in.@ 2 bits: Mandatory drug sentences have proven to be
ineffective. Drug Court and treatment, on the other hand, have been proven to
be effective - and they cost less.
Holder nationally, and Sim Gill locally, are on the same page on this one.
They want less drug offenders in prison, and more drug offenders on the streets.
I don't see why we keep electing these bozos.
What a surprise to hear. It's not often I can agree with Holder. A stopped
clock.... Legislature should not be in the business of arbitrarily handing
out sentences to people they know nothing about. If our government would follow
the constitution, we wouldn't have such patently unjust laws on the books
in the first place. I will give credit where it is due. Congratulations to Mr
Holder calling for justice where is sorely needed.
The time has come to repeal ridiculous laws and replace them with common
sense.Lets save prison space for violent offenders not an adult with a
doobie!It's humorous how day after day, certain posters repeat
the same poorly constructed conspiracy theories as fact in any article that
mentions politics, even when they've been repudiated many times.
It's better to comment on an idea instead of the person voicing an idea.
We lock up to many people in this country, more than any other country. His
idea is a good one. Hope the sentencing system is reformed.
More thugocracy from eh most corrupt administration ever.Obama's entire regime picks and chooses which laws they will enforce and
then select individuals who will escape punishment for breaking laws passed by
the legislative branch.This is a clear violation of the principles
of our government. Laws are passed and penalties prescribed by legislative
action. The executive branch's job is to enforce those laws. All of them,
all the time. They can urge Congress to change laws if they like, but for Eric
Holder to refuse to enforce our laws is no different from those who choose to
break the laws he is not enforcing.Voter intimidation by New Black
Panthers is sanctioned. Thousands of guns illegally transferred to Mexican drug
gangs. The IRS harassing political enemies. The FEC harassing political
enemies. Yes, there are real crimes being committed, probably more serious than
non-violent drug crimes, but Holder is not prosecuting them either. Indeed,
Obama's cronies seem to be committing more crimes than are being
Even a blind hog finds a chestnut once in while. For once, Eric Holder has a
good idea. Eliminating mandatory prison sentences for drug offenders is a good
idea. It cost more to lock someone up in America than it does to send a
deserving person to the University of Utah. Calling judges "liberal"
and taking away their sentencing judgement has got politicians reelected, but in
the process has filled prison with non-violent drug offenders. Mandatory
sentencing has almost bankrupted California. We need to put violent criminals in
prison - not drug offenders. When the law mandates a prison sentence, judges
have no other course of action. If they don't send drug offenders to
prison, the judge is in violation of the law. It has been foolish to take away
a judge's ability to sentence criminals to punishments the judge's
experience and knowledge deems best.
Crime and punishment IS Holder's job. M-man's timely reminder comes a
little late for past AG's like Mitchell and Gonzales.