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  •  The drugs angle -- way back... (4.00)
    I recall very a small article -- a blurb really, pre web days, possibly in the WSJ or NYT about an inmate in some Texas correctional facility who claimed to have sold george drugs.

    The only reason the article stuck in my mind was that it was mainly about the guy being thrown into solitary confinement and having communication with the outside shut off. There may have been something about the guys treatment being part of a vendetta by the Bush family. The inmate was in prison for selling drugs.

    I think this was before W ran for gov.

    Never saw anything more about it since.

    •  You may be confusing that story... (none)

       . . . with the one re:  Dan Quayle.  Inmate says sold grass (I think it was) to Quayle.  Of course, what credibility does some guy behind bars have, right?  Amazing to think back over the near-hysteria (I was part of that, mind you) over the reality of the dumb and affable Dan Quayle, a uniquely unqualified person, being "one heartbeat from the Presidency;" contrasted with the reality over the past 4 years of an idiot -- who makes Quayle look like a cross between Jefferson, Kennedy, Einstein and Ghandi -- actually in the White House . . .


      "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." T.J.

      by BenGoshi on Sun Feb 20, 2005 at 09:18:43 AM PST

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      •  No, it was Texas, Bush... (none)
        My thought at the time was something like "why are they throwing this guy into solitary? Who gives a sh*t if one of the Bush boys did drugs..."


        Bush. W.

        Drugs. I want to say cocaine but don't recall the article that specifically.  No recollection of a mention of grass.

        This was something like one of those buried short articles the WSJ used to like to publish like the one about Scalias son working for the law firm that presented the case to block the recount. Just a few peices of info...

        •  Double check (4.00)
           From (gag) "People" magazine (1992)

           BRETT KIMBERLIN WON'T BE VOTING IN THIS year's presidential election. A convicted felon, prisoner No. 01035-079 will be spending Nov. 3 in his cell at the federal correctional facility in Memphis, where he is serving a 50-year sentence for drug smuggling and illegal detonation of explosives. But mere incarceration isn't going to stop him from making his voice heard in the campaign. "I've paid my debt, I ought to be out of here," says Kimberlin. "The only reason I'm not is because I exercised my First Amendment rights and because the Administration and the campaign don't want ...

           and there's this (from "The" - Feb 2000) . . .

           Ghost from the past haunt J. Michael Quinlin

          By Getahn Ward / Staff Writer and Tennessean News Services

          Eight years after resigning as director of the federal Bureau of Prisons amid controversy, J. Michael Quinlan continues to face ghosts from the past.

          Quinlan, now president of Nashville-based Prison Realty Trust, is a key figure in a lawsuit filed last week by U.S. Department of Justice employee Steven McPeek.

          .  .  .

           Quinlan resigned as director of the prisons bureau in 1992, a move officials attributed to "health problems." He, however, was being investigated for allegedly trying to silence a prisoner who was about to go public with allegations that the prisoner sold marijuana to then-vice presidential candidate Dan Quayle in the 1970s. Quayle denied the charges.

          According to an Associated Press report at the time, Quinlan canceled a news conference prisoner Brett Kimberlin had scheduled on the matter and Kimberlin was placed in solitary confinement. The incident took place four days before the election in 1988, according to the Associated Press.

          Quinlan recently was named interim president of Prison Realty, in addition to being president and chief operating officer of prison operator CCA. His earlier roles with the Nashville-based prisons companies included serving as CCA's director of strategic planning, and CEO of CCA Prison Realty Trust after the real estate investment trust was formed by CCA in 1997 to own its prisons.

          Quinlan was unavailable Monday morning for comment.

           from another site . . .

          Supreme Court Ducks Issues in Kimberlin Case (The Dan Quayle Marijuana Case), Sends It Back to Court of Appeals

          IN THE COURTS
          September 1995

          The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 12 that a lower court must revisit Brett Kimberlin's claim that in 1988, while he was a federal prisoner, he was unjustly put in solitary confinement to silence his story that he sold marijuana to Dan Quayle (Kimberlin v. Quinlan, No. 93-2068, June 12, 1995, 57 CrL 2148, 2157; for background of this case, see "Quayle Accuser's Lawsuit Gets New Life," NewsBriefs, February 1995).

          Kimberlin was telling the news media in 1988 that he had sold marijuana to Dan Quayle when Quayle was a law student in the 1970s. In 1988, Quayle was a U.S. Senator from Indiana and the Republican candidate for Vice President. Prison officials set up a press conference to accommodate the large volume of news media requests for interviews with Kimberlin.

          Upon hearing of the planned press conference, the deputy press secretary of the Bush-Quayle campaign made several telephone calls to the Department of Justice about Kimberlin's contacts with the news media. Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Quinlan subsequently cancelled the press conference, citing a department policy. Quinlan also placed Kimberlin in "administrative detention," ostensibly because there were threats on Kimberlin's life. Bureau of Prisons officials deny that calls from the Bush-Quayle campaign influenced their decision.

          Kimberlin has sued Quinlan and others for violating his First Amendment rights. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia agreed to give Kimberlin a hearing on the merits of his claim. This was noteworthy because the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has established a higher threshold for plaintiffs challenging the actions of government officials than other Circuits. Government officials are generally protected from being sued for their official actions under what is called "qualified immunity."

          Under qualified immunity, plaintiffs must meet a "heightened pleading standard." In most lawsuits, plaintiffs must lay out a series of facts that substantiate a "cause of action," which the defendant can admit or deny. Typically, if a cause of action has been made out, then the parties proceed to "discovery" to find additional evidence.

           Sound familiar?


          "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." T.J.

          by BenGoshi on Sun Feb 20, 2005 at 09:52:40 AM PST

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          •  Nope... (none)
            He wasn't a federal prisoner.  

            He was a state prisoner.


            Drugs, not marijuana.

            He was in prison either for selling drugs or selling coke.  His claim was that he had sold W either drugs or coke.  I don't trust my memory on the "coke" angle but "drugs" yes.

            The other thing (bits and pieces rise to the surface :-) was that the article may have had a slant that this prisoner may have been trying to get some publicity (??).  

            Anyway, I think the inmate had a lawyer who said his client was being punished for alleging that he sold drugs to young W and a Texas spokesperson said that the inmate was just a troublemaker.

            Something like that...

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