Legal Talk

Heard by FAMM

March 4, 2013 by Anna M. Clausen in Legal Talk
Thanks to a couple of recent and unfortunate events, the rest of the country might be starting to see the light. First, Montana medical marijuana dispensary owner Chris Williams faced a minimum of 85 years in prison after the feds raided his business and secured convictions for selling marijuana and having guns. The public outrage grew so great that the prosecutor offered Williams a deal of five years after the jury had already voted to convict him! Williams took the deal and was sentenced to five years in prison. We are glad that he did not receive a ridiculous eight-decade prison term, but that shouldn’t have even been an option. Only because our federal gun mandatory minimum sentences are so long was that threat realistic! And only because the prosecutor has so much power could he offer a deal to effectively negate the jury’s conviction after the fact!

Additional legal updates courtesy of FAMM:

BOP gets a little more compassionate; anything is better than “NO!” A week ago, the Bureau of Prisons removed one level of bureaucracy dying prisoners must navigate for compassionate release. We’re confident the reform was driven by the spotlight FAMM and Human Rights Watch directed at this problem last fall.

Progress in the Peach State! Georgia House approves sentencing reforms unanimously! Gov. Nathan Deal supports a bill carrying the FAMM-recommended safety valve! It allows reduced sentences for some people charged with drug trafficking and other serious felonies. Next stop — the Georgia Senate. »more here

Another red state getting smart on crime: drug and gun reform bills introduced in
FAMM’s updates – continued
Florida! FAMM’s Florida project is focused on two new bills: one will give judges discretion to bypass the awful mandatory minimums in the state’s 10-20-Life gun law. We don’t want any more Ronald Thompsons, Lee Wollards, and Marissa Alexanders! The other bill will add a safety valve for prescription drug offenses. No more Todd Hannigans!

Sentencing Commission touches the third rail — child pornography sentences. Responding to concerns from judges and prosecutors, the Commission’s latest report on child pornography offenses says penalties don’t reflect distinctions between defendants; urges major changes to sentences. »more here

Can’t get excited about Obama’s recent pardons: he commuted no one! With 218,000 people in federal prison, half for nonviolent drug offenses, Obama can’t find ONE person deserving of commutation?! »more here

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