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  •  Let Me See If I Can Explain This (13+ / 0-)

    I live in a district that is 98.7% white. Years ago I made a stupid mistake. I got in a car after having a few beers and got a DUI. I should have gotten it.

    I made this huge mistake. I went to court without a lawyer and said I was guilty. I could have afforded the best lawyer, but I'd had like one parking ticket in my life. I figured if I just told the truth, well "justice" would prevail.

    Well not so much.

    I had to go to court a few more times after that for probation.

    I was totally stunned. I was about the only white dude around. All African Americans. I did see that many folks of color for days at a time. But it seemed we found away to arrest them.

    Now clearly they were all "innocent."

    But I am the dude that strikes up random conversations with folks and was stunned. As one person said to me, get arrested with pot, once you get into the justice system and if you are poor, you can never get out of it.

    I got out of the system but I am an upper middle class white dude.

    •  nice part time border inspector kept finding seeds (6+ / 0-)

      and stems, I blamed it on the hitchhiker, but the high school teacher/border inspector intentionally left the evidence sitting on the roof of the car where the wind blew it away....a long time ago.

      In your case, you are still 'in the system' that is, a record is made..and the local statistics look better as a result of arresting a white dude.

      This machine kills Fascists.

      by KenBee on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 03:34:10 PM PDT

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      •  As An Adult I Had Friends That Made Millions (6+ / 0-)

        upstanding citizens. Doctors, lawyers, you name it.

        We smoked pot. We were not evil folks. Heck I recall a good friend of mine when I lived in DC. Way out of my "social circle" but I was good at tennis, he learned this, and wanted somebody to play with. We became close friends.

        He was the head of government affairs for a Fortune 50 company. We'd often smoke some pot outside a bar and then he'd tell me he had to leave, had a dinner with a politician (insert many you see on TV).

    •  you deserved it... (2+ / 0-)
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      The Black dudes?  They were profiled.

      You know you're in Oregon when you only see people using an umbrella to protect themselves from the sun.

      by Keith930 on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 07:33:43 PM PDT

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    •  Everyone should be forced to hang around a (3+ / 0-)
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      court for a few days (or even a few hours should do the trick).

      Somebody forced me to do that - basically a court insider, who accompanied me to explain things - and it was quite eye opening indeed.

      For example, one person received 60 days jail for driving on a suspended license (that he had suspended for a second time DUI) - seemed fair enough, I suppose.

      Then, a the next person up got a 6 month jail sentence (and 2 years probation) for a medium amount of pot (a few ounces), that seemed rather harsh but the jail time was suspended, so maybe it wasn't that egregious.

      The next case was over almost in an instant - a well dressed client and lawyer came in for a DUI, pled guilty with virtually no details mentioned, and the person was given a one year suspended license and a 90 meetings in 90 days obligation (apparently that meant he had to attend on average one AA or MADD or counseling session every day for three months).  Again, I thought that seemed about right for a first time DUI . . . but the insider accompanying me whispered over to me - that is that guy's 9th DUI and his lawyer cost $25,000.  Which was worth it - since he basically  * did * get a first time DUI sentence!

      At that point, I had a pretty crystal clear idea how the US justice system works.

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