Monthly Archives: December 2013

3 years, 3 months ago 0
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Columnist George Will, writing in the Washington Post, throws a much-needed light on federal prosecutorial abuses in drug cases.  (See article.)  Will outlines several cases where prosecutors use mandatory drug sentences to bludgeon defendants into guilty pleas.  The sentencing structure originates in the federal Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, passed in reaction to the hysteria […]

3 years, 4 months ago 0
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Kentucky State Senator John Schikel joined the debate over the local heroin problem last week.  In a guest editorial in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Schikel blamed the increase in heroin deaths on reduced penalties passed two years by the Kentucky Legislature.  That Kentucky law made probation as the presumptive penalty for heroin possession and reduced the […]