“A prosecutor who says nothing can be done about an unjust sentence because all appeals and collateral challenges have been exhausted is actually choosing to do nothing about the unjust sentence,” Judge Gleeson wrote in a memorandum about Ms. Lynch’s decision released on Monday. “Some will make a different choice, as Ms. Lynch did here.” http://buff.ly/1o3eCet
h/t Lori in Corsicanna for this article!
"The Department of Justice has responded to a Freedom of Information Act request from FDL News for documents estimating the costs that the federal government will not have to incur if the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2014 is passed."
The New York Times Editorial Board on Saturday came out in favor of nationwide marijuana legalization, citing in part the racist enforcement of marijuana prohibition laws.
“It’s true black people are arrested for marijuana at far higher rates than their white counterparts, but the racially biased execution of the war on drugs doesn’t end there. Many drug policy experts point to the racially lopsided enforcement of the entire war on drugs as one reason all drugs, not just marijuana, should be decriminalized and even legalized.” http://buff.ly/1zlBVo1
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"On July 24, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), is now going a step further — one that and offering the Senate version of a bill that will bring the crack/powder cocaine sentencing to 1:1. Why there was a difference in the penalties has long been an open question. Sen. Paul’s bill is one of several bi-partisan justice reform bills that mirror ideas liberal Democrats have been proposing for over three decades."
"It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol."
The New York Police Department (NYPD) is the star of yet another cellphone video of an arrest that may have involved excessive force. You can watch the chaotic scene, with officers meeting resistance not just from their target but residents in the area too…http://buff.ly/1xoeoQl
"When Paulo Demetrick, a 29-year-old federal prison inmate in Virginia, was asked, ‘If you could have a window in your cell, what place from your past would it look out to?,”"his mind began to race. After 11 years behind bars for robbery, how could he think of just one photograph?
At first, he thought of his childhood, moments with friends and family. But it didn’t feel like enough. He sat in his cell for five days obsessing over the image. In the end, he chose a Bestway supermarket.
'At Bestway I learned to mingle with and learn from people of all walks of life,' he wrote in his request.”
"Six months after the Justice Department called on defense lawyers to help it identify and vet candidates for its clemency drive, there is concern that the federal defenders — whom the DOJ invited in as key partners — might never have been authorized to participate in the first place. This could leave the initiative without the manpower it needs."