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  •  I find the comments here very disturbing. (4+ / 0-)
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    BOHICA, IM, mattinla, Situational Lefty

    First, if Obama does something wrong he should be criticized for it.

    Second, people's lives are at stake.

    Third, the US has an out-of-control criminal justice system, with disproportionately long sentences, rampant abuse in prisons, a broken public defenders system, ridiculously harsh penalties for drug offenses (which I remind you Obama has himself violated), post-prison sanctions, and and extreme racial disparities.  The US with less than 5% of the world's population has almost 25% of the world's prisoners.
    There are a great many people in prison who shouldn't be there.  Obama can restore justice by granting them pardons.  He could start with Clarence Aaron.

    •  I'm gonna have to disagree with you (0+ / 0-)

      on wanting Clarence Aaron pardoned. This guy committed a very serious offense. And, to say what he did was a "mistake" is a poor choice of words, IMHO.

      But what I can't figure out is...why did this young man associate himself with cocaine dealers in the first place? He had a lot going for himself. There's more to this story then what the blurb is stating.

      I'm getting the impression that what ever his co-conspirators told the FBI and the jury stuck and his defense attorney could not refute the claims. In other words, he may have been coordinating liasions for quite some time and hadn't got caught yet.

      I'm a woman of color, who grew up in the north (Detroit, Michigan)

      by Boris Badenov on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 10:13:38 PM PST

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      •  Three life sentences for a drug charge? (3+ / 0-)
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        IM, eglantine, Situational Lefty

        That's fair to you?  For a drug?

        He's been there for 17 years already; his crime was non-violent, and you're fine with 3 life sentences without parole being the story of his future and death?  

        Meanwhile his coconspirators are serving lighter sentences, and some have already been released.

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