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  Tis The Season To Free Nonviolent Offenders
Posted by FoM on December 20, 2000 at 09:17:28 PT
By Debra J. Saunders 
Source: San Francisco Chronicle  

cannabisnews.com This should be the perfect time for President Clinton to commute the sentences of low-level nonviolent drug offenders in federal prison. Clinton recently told Rolling Stone magazine that drug sentences "in many cases are too long for nonviolent offenders" and that federal mandatory minimum laws, which often force judges to mete out harsh sentences to low-level drug offenders, need to be "re-examined."

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Comment #2 posted by NiftySplifty on December 20, 2000 at 17:20:33 PT
Here's what I woulda liked...
Harry Browne, were he elected, would have granted an unconditional pardon to every non-violent drug offender in federal prison. Then, he'd take a break for lunch. Now, that's my kind of politician.

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Comment #1 posted by kaptinemo on December 20, 2000 at 10:21:16 PT:

The only way that this will change
is if some big-shot pol gets thrown in the pokey. Like Barry.

For those of you old enough to remember the Watergate Era, you might recall that the Attorney General himself, John Mitchell, got to stay at one of those posh country club prisons at Maxwell AFB in Alabam' for a while. (I disticntly remember one con saying in the presence of the cameras recording Mitchell's walk to prison, "They got you now, John! They got you now!...and so do we!") Immediately after his incarceration, there came a flurry of laws supposedly designed to overhaul the election funding process. The very process that Mitchell had helped Nixon rig.

Well, Barry's been caught: his ONDCP has been overpaying their hired mouthpieces too much of John and Joan Q. Pubic's money for all those slick and cute ads they've put on the tube. The Republican-controlled Congress is out for blood; they want Klinton to leave office not only with a shredded reputation, but his backside trailing smoke and flames. If they can't get him, personally, they'll settle for his handmaidens.

That's why Barry's leaving, *before* his boss Klinton does; so Klinton will be able to pardon him before *he* leaves and can't pardon anybody.

But if Barry *was* thrown in the GBH, you can bet there would be a lot of quiet arse-covering and paper-shredding. Because as the pols seem to forget, they are not always on the inside, peeing out; eventually, they'll be on the outside someday themselves. To forestall receiving the kind of treatment they meted out to others, they'll change the laws. Just as they did when many States went to decrim in the 70's; many wealthy 'society' parents didn't want Johnnie or Suzy to have a record if they got caught with a little reefer. The pols are the same way. Let one of them get caught, and its 'break out the violins and sympathy' time.

And then you get to see the real meaning behind 'compassionate conservatism'.

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