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Old June 6th, 2018, 08:52 AM   #1
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President Trump commutes sentence of April Marie Johnson

She was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for a non violent drug crime.
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Old June 6th, 2018, 09:04 AM   #2
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Wait. But all drug dealers deserve the death penalty
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Old June 6th, 2018, 09:11 AM   #3
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I guess certain drug dealers are OK. Did the Republican President discuss this with his hero, Duerte?

But I guess when you are getting backing from another second rate reality show "star" it gets this guys attention.
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Thousands of people across this country are existing in something called a Living Death. Thousands of people are serving life sentences without the possibility of parole for nonviolent crimes as petty as siphoning gasoline from an 18-wheeler, shoplifting three belts, breaking into a parked car and stealing a woman’s bagged lunch, or possessing a bottle cap smeared with heroin residue. In their cruelty and harshness, these sentences defy common sense. They are grotesquely out of proportion to the conduct they seek to punish.

Some of their crimes (all non-violent):
Possession of a crack pipe
Trace of cocaine in a pocket
Possession of small amounts of Marijuana
Negotiating another man's sale
Shoplifting

AND they get LIFE sentences? Do you know what we the people are paying for these life sentences? Depending on the state it can cost from $50K-$75,000 a YEAR for each prisoner. Multiply that times 50 years? 60 years?

I'm glad for Ms. Johnson--really I am--but this ONE example should bring attention to the thousands of others who will remain in prison for life because they shoplifted or smoked weed and got caught.

https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie2017.html
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Old June 6th, 2018, 09:29 AM   #5
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Thousands of people across this country are existing in something called a Living Death. Thousands of people are serving life sentences without the possibility of parole for nonviolent crimes as petty as siphoning gasoline from an 18-wheeler, shoplifting three belts, breaking into a parked car and stealing a woman’s bagged lunch, or possessing a bottle cap smeared with heroin residue. In their cruelty and harshness, these sentences defy common sense. They are grotesquely out of proportion to the conduct they seek to punish.

Some of their crimes (all non-violent):
Possession of a crack pipe
Trace of cocaine in a pocket
Possession of small amounts of Marijuana
Negotiating another man's sale
Shoplifting

AND they get LIFE sentences? Do you know what we the people are paying for these life sentences? Depending on the state it can cost from $50K-$75,000 a YEAR for each prisoner. Multiply that times 50 years? 60 years?

I'm glad for Ms. Johnson--really I am--but this ONE example should bring attention to the thousands of others who will remain in prison for life because they shoplifted or smoked weed and got caught.

https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie2017.html
The other thing I wonder about, she was also convicted of money laundering. I can't find the details. That can be a very bad thing and even if it was just for her own transactions, it indicates that she was a big-time dealer.

But she has a "celebrity" as a friend.
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I've alluded to this previously, but Mike Allen of Axios says it eloquently in this mornings AM Newsletter.

Take special note of the last paragraph.

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6. Trump obsessed with pardons

"President Trump has become fixated on his ability to issue pardons, asking his aides to compile a list of candidates and stirring dissent in the West Wing with his mercurial and seemingly celebrity-driven decisions," the WashPost's Bob Costa, Josh Dawsey and Ashley Parker report:
"Trump is telling aides that he is now strongly considering pardoning Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old woman serving a life sentence for a nonviolent crime, after meeting with Kim Kardashian last week to discuss her case — a move being resisted by his chief of staff and" White House counsel Donald McGahn.

Why it matters: "The presidential pardon holds a special resonance for Trump, representing one area where he has almost unchecked power."

"Trump entered the White House ... envisioning the presidency as more like his private business than a plodding bureaucracy. He has grown frustrated over what he views as Republican impotence on Capitol Hill, Mueller’s sprawling investigation and ... aides who are at times riven by infighting."
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The other thing I wonder about, she was also convicted of money laundering. I can't find the details. That can be a very bad thing and even if it was just for her own transactions, it indicates that she was a big-time dealer.

But she has a "celebrity" as a friend.

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I guess certain drug dealers are OK. Did the Republican President discuss this with his hero, Duerte?

But I guess when you are getting backing from another second rate reality show "star" it gets this guys attention.
and we hear from the court of his King of TDS Assholiness,

Maybe we should do what RNG Wants keep her in prison for the rest of her life.
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Now i am not positive but am pretty sure that this chick was involved in a major coke operaton involving the cartels and weight in the tons (yes, tons) so the downplaying of this as an innocent "non violent" crime is a bit disingenuous.

That being said i believe that our drug laws are archaic and the war on drugs is a giant conspiracy to redistribute wealth from the middle and lower classes to the elite and political classes.

End the drug laws and solve a lot of self created problems that we have here in the states.
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Thousands of people across this country are existing in something called a Living Death. Thousands of people are serving life sentences without the possibility of parole for nonviolent crimes as petty as siphoning gasoline from an 18-wheeler, shoplifting three belts, breaking into a parked car and stealing a woman’s bagged lunch, or possessing a bottle cap smeared with heroin residue. In their cruelty and harshness, these sentences defy common sense. They are grotesquely out of proportion to the conduct they seek to punish.

Some of their crimes (all non-violent):
Possession of a crack pipe
Trace of cocaine in a pocket
Possession of small amounts of Marijuana
Negotiating another man's sale
Shoplifting

AND they get LIFE sentences? Do you know what we the people are paying for these life sentences? Depending on the state it can cost from $50K-$75,000 a YEAR for each prisoner. Multiply that times 50 years? 60 years?

I'm glad for Ms. Johnson--really I am--but this ONE example should bring attention to the thousands of others who will remain in prison for life because they shoplifted or smoked weed and got caught.

https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie2017.html

Mostly due to the 3 strike policies and mandatory minimums
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