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President Obama is using the pardon power to rewrite the statute unilaterally. The time drug offenders spend in jail will be based on his subjective notion of fairness, not the policy embodied in our drug statutes. This is not faithful execution of the law, which is the president’s core constitutional duty. It is the execution of Obama’s whims.

Holder’s announced reasons for this policy are bogus. Because the federal and state governments have concurrent jurisdiction over narcotics offenses, the feds focus on drug importation and distribution felonies, while the states cover mere possession and use. So it simply isn’t true that thousands of people are languishing in federal prison simply for drug possession or addiction.

And as far as violence goes, federal statutes and the federal sentencing guidelines enhance prison terms based on violence and, in particular, the use of firearms in connection with drug crimes. That is, nonviolence has already been taken into account when judges sentence drug offenders.

Finally, Attorney General Holder and the Obama administration may be the worst imaginable officials to carry out a commutation program based on the president’s pardon power. When he served as deputy attorney general under Attorney General Janet Reno, Holder was infamously at the center of the Clinton administration’s pardon scandal. He was a key figure in the 1999 pardons of FALN terrorists; and the pardon process he engineered for Clinton resulted in the release not only of Marc Rich but of two convicted Weather Underground terrorists. So obviously, his idea of “nonviolent” probably does not conform to what most Americans think of when they hear that term.

Moreover, we should be under no illusion: this is not an exercise in mitigating injustice in individual cases. This is an abuse of political power to rewrite the federal drug laws because, as a matter of ideology, Obama does not agree with stern sentences for drug offenders.

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I remember this as well.

Hey, it must be a great gig, to create a problem then spend your life living off claiming to want to solve it.
31 weeks ago
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but here's what I remember about the crack sentencing disparity. For whatever reason crack use was associated with more, and more violent, crime, and the crime was concentrated in the black community. So there was a fairly widespread call for harsher sentencing to bring the problem under control. Much of the impetus for the sterner sentences came from black lawmakers. Inevitably, as soon as all that was forgotten, the differences in sentencing were perceived as a sign of racism.
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Absolutely! While I agree that government has no right to tell anybody what they may or may not ingest, the Resident does not have the authority to keep changing the rules as his whims dictate.
When will Congress grow a pair and impeach this criminal who inhabits the White House?
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31 weeks ago
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Let all the non-violent non-criminal prisoners go home to be with their families. To anyone who still wants to keep them locked up - you stink!
31 weeks ago
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Just as the weakness exhibited by the Obama administration, around the world, has emboldened the Russians and Chinese to new aggressiveness, so has the weakness exhibited by Republicans, to this administration's lawlessness, emboldened Obama to push his lawlessness to new heights.
31 weeks ago
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In 2010 the Fair Sentencing Act was signed into law. It reduced the severe sentencing discrepancies between powder and crack cocaine. And just days ago, the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted to revise its guidelines, reducing the sentences meted out for most Federal drug offenses.

There are thousands of inmates serving sentences under the old laws and guidelines who would have served their time by now if, at the time of their conviction, they had been sentenced under the new laws. It's understandable that inmates who fit this description would seek clemency from the government. The justice department is merely gearing up for the clemency applications these changes in the law were bound to create. And whether McCarthy is willing to admit it or not, a Republican AG would be doing the same thing as AG Holder is doing if the circumstances were the same.

Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission have taken steps to correct the injustice of unduly harsh crack cocaine sentencing. Granting clemency to those inmates whose time served meets or exceeds the new sentencing guidelines is just another step in correcting the injustice.

I'm taken aback by the fundamental dishonesty of this article. Note to self, don't trust anything written by Andrew McCarthy.
31 weeks ago
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got to free as much of his posse as possible before he makes his final coup attempt on our government. drug dealers are probably real familiar w/ weapons and will show no compassion when using same against those they have been taught to hate.

itsacomingboyz-lock&load.

31 weeks ago
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1.
What might the correlation drug offenders be with access to and use of illegal guns? How many of the convictions in question were products of plea agreements that pared down charges that had originally included illegal weapons?
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What are the chances any released convict has of making it legitimately in a competitive employment market once released into the community- conversely, what are the odds they'd recommit? What are the odds that as a whole the early released are going to heed the plethora of new gun laws being pushed by the same progressives who suddenly revert to compassion when considering policy pertaining to those with criminal records?
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What is the real aim when they propose to prematurely integrate violent street thugs into communities that the politicians are moving to disarm in order to protect "the children"? A tiny step backward to consider the bigger picture makes this not make sense- neither does the argument of budget considerations when moving to release convicts when one stops to reflect on the spending habits and waste of the usurpers.

This is yet another volley in the progressive's war against law abiding taxpaying citizens. Convicts amount to nothing more than another piece in their arsenal.... likely meant to ultimately perpetuate more demand for a police state when they commit new crimes after release.
31 weeks ago
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There were a lot of cows that sure could have used some Presidential clemency before the Domestic Terrorist al BLM SS ran them to exhaustion with their helicopters and then buried them alive.
31 weeks ago
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Ah. He's recruiting.
31 weeks ago
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PS- though strongly against 'drug laws'- they were created to fund political gangs, and have corrupted every Tier 1 banking and political system on the planet (crime institutionalized as the 1961 UN Convention)- nonetheless, I do appreciate your explaining the general difference in focus of federal and state efforts: distribution vs possession. Makes sense, even if it's destroyed all Constitutional principle. Thanks.
31 weeks ago
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"So it simply isn’t true that thousands of people are languishing in federal prison simply for drug possession or addiction."

Hmmmmm........getting caught with a joint in a National Park?? Driving in from Mexico with that lost joint under the seat?

Get real....of course these people exist...
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