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  •  How about some changes in punishment? (1+ / 0-)
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    slowbutsure

    First, how about equality in prosecution -- go after the rich as well as the poor.

    Second, how about equality in REPRESENTATION -- give the poor more access to a COMPETENT defense.

    Third, how about we legalize cannabis and tax the living daylights out of it, like we did with Alcohol during the Depression.

    Fourth, how about better training for cops especially so they don't resort to TASERS as domestic torture devices.

    Fifth, how about video in cop cars?  Only some jurisdictions do it and the crappy compressed stuff that comes off of those in many cases is worse than useless.

    etc.

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    -Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Tue Jun 30, 2009 at 08:49:17 AM PDT

    •  Public Defenders (2+ / 0-)
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      polecat, Mary Julia

      I live with my cousin who is a public defender in Chicago. Her office works really hard to defend her clients, and she is very dedicated to doing a good job.

      "If religion is the opiate of the masses, then fundamentalism is the amphetamine." Miz Vittitow

      by MillieNeon on Tue Jun 30, 2009 at 08:53:14 AM PDT

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    •  agreed. but it's hard to heavily tax... (0+ / 0-)

      something that grows like a you know what.

      just sayin'

      "we must make the rescue of the environment the central organizing principle for civilization" - Al Gore

      by racerx on Tue Jun 30, 2009 at 08:54:12 AM PDT

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      •  How about "Lightly tax" and then some quality (0+ / 0-)

        control?

        Tobacco is pretty easy to grow . . fermentation can be done in a backyard.

        Ask the ATF about enforcement.

        Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
        I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
        -Spike Milligan

        by polecat on Tue Jun 30, 2009 at 10:18:12 AM PDT

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