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My life saved by Bill Clinton reprieve of 24-year sentence for crack
CNN ^ | Kemba Smith Pradia

Posted on 12/22/2010 7:28:12 PM PST by Mandingo Conservative

Ten years ago, days before Christmas, President Bill Clinton changed my life forever. I was in federal prison, serving the seventh year of a 24-year sentence for a first-time nonviolent crack cocaine offense.

Clinton's mercy and acknowledgement that my sentence was unjust led him to grant me a commutation. Had he not done so, I would be in prison until 2016...Indeed, I went to prison for being complicit in my abusive boyfriend's crack cocaine trafficking operation. Prosecutors in the case acknowledged that I never sold, handled or used any drugs.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: clinton; crack; drugs; pardon
Not to be mean, but you should've gone to jail just for the fact that you were stupid enough to stay with a drug dealer boy friend who abused you. Typical Democrat liberal mentality - no wonder the Democratic party is so to blame for the destruction of the African American culture. First the Democrats held slaves - then they continued the plantation with entitlements, and a culture of immorality, dependence and mediocrity.
1 posted on 12/22/2010 7:28:16 PM PST by Mandingo Conservative
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To: Mandingo Conservative

Why did you get mixed up with drugs in the first place you silly b-tch. Where are all these “socially conservative” black churches am always hearing about to stop black youth from going down this path?

And another thing...we’ve been told for ages that African American and Latino church goers are socially conservative but what about all the gang related violence and drugs and broken homes and voting in Obama who is the most pro abortion president ever?!


2 posted on 12/22/2010 7:32:37 PM PST by Mandingo Conservative (Satan was like the first "community organizer", just ask Eve, the first liberal useful idiot!)
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To: Mandingo Conservative

Roger? Is that you?


3 posted on 12/22/2010 7:32:55 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: goseminoles

This is not Roger.


4 posted on 12/22/2010 7:35:34 PM PST by Mandingo Conservative (Satan was like the first "community organizer", just ask Eve, the first liberal useful idiot!)
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To: Mandingo Conservative

No one should go to prison for the possession of a drug, unless they are caught selling them to kids or something similar.


5 posted on 12/22/2010 7:35:41 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Mandingo Conservative
Editor's note: Kemba Smith Pradia has received awards for her efforts to educate the public about the social, economic and political consequences of drug policies. She received a Soros Justice Postgraduate Fellowship for advocates and is developing the Kemba Smith Foundation.

Hmm...very interesting...

6 posted on 12/22/2010 7:36:07 PM PST by DemforBush (I got three passports, a couple of visas. You don't even know my real name..)
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To: Mandingo Conservative

Bill was known to be quite lenient as far as crack was concerned.


7 posted on 12/22/2010 7:36:19 PM PST by 4buttons
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To: Mandingo Conservative

....CNN (clinton news network) ..anyway to keep the name clintoon in the news...sowing the contaminated seeds of a Hldabeast run


8 posted on 12/22/2010 7:37:03 PM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Mandingo Conservative
Prosecutors in the case acknowledged that I never sold, handled or used any drugs.

Right.....

9 posted on 12/22/2010 7:39:02 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Mandingo Conservative

I call BS bigtime...her boyfriend was an abusive crack dealer and she was untouched, at least, by the drug culture she lived in 24/7.


10 posted on 12/22/2010 7:39:27 PM PST by crazyhorse691 (Now that the libs are in power dissent is not only unpatriotic, but, it is also racist.)
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To: crazyhorse691

SOROS!

Hmmm I smell a rat...of course, SOROS wants to destroy America, just one of his small pet projects to release drug dealers into the American population.

You just can’t make this stuff up!


11 posted on 12/22/2010 7:41:37 PM PST by Mandingo Conservative (Satan was like the first "community organizer", just ask Eve, the first liberal useful idiot!)
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To: Mandingo Conservative

“This is not Roger.”

Was a joke. I’ve been down the long road, and I can tell you crack and meth isn’t the problem, its alcohol. The first two are nothing compared to the sauce to kick. But what do I know. /s. Never done meth but I will bet anything that the drink is the most harmeful, addictive, destructive, and most costly. I will debate anyone on this. Coke aint nothing to alcohol.


12 posted on 12/22/2010 7:43:55 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: Mandingo Conservative

And I understand you’ve cultivated a taste for “balony al a peyrone”?


13 posted on 12/22/2010 7:44:55 PM PST by weeder
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To: KoRn
Thank you. You're absolutely right. It's amazing how so many "conservatives" call for less spending, but also believe in more jails, more courts, more laws, more Medicare, more Social Security, more foreign aid and more nation building.

If we want small government and low taxes, we can't have all those things. Why is that so hard for people to understand?

14 posted on 12/22/2010 7:46:28 PM PST by Walts Ice Pick
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To: goseminoles

I should just reiterate instead of sounding like I’m beating my chest challenging folks.. I’m glad to be looking to a happy holiday season. IMHO, people can get past coke/crack much easier than alcohol. That’s just my two cents. If you’ve been there and still in a $300/day habit, you probably aren’t on FR. God Bless.


15 posted on 12/22/2010 7:54:00 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: Mandingo Conservative
Clinton had to pardon someone for crack use. After all, wasn't he essentially pardoned for the same thing?
16 posted on 12/22/2010 8:10:21 PM PST by the invisib1e hand ("Three hostile newspapers are more to be feared than 200 swords" - Napoleon Bonapartat)
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To: Mandingo Conservative

Thank God, not Clinton. One does it for mercy, the other for some callous polital gain.
IMHO the drug trade is one of the greatest threats that not only America, but the entire planet faces. The amount of money is just too irrestiable, especially for goverments, it seems.
I won’t be a hypocrite, I’ve done my fair share of drugs
many a moon ago. Won’t do anymore. Ever.
Any military could wipe these cartels off the map easily but they’re now ingrained in every society, not unlike liquor. Save your soldiers, the war is lost to the immoral. Like your Clinton.


17 posted on 12/22/2010 8:11:52 PM PST by TwoSwords (The Lord is a man of war, Exodus 15:3)
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To: KoRn

The screenname that delivers.


18 posted on 12/22/2010 8:12:14 PM PST by the invisib1e hand ("Three hostile newspapers are more to be feared than 200 swords" - Napoleon Bonapartat)
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To: KoRn
Actually, it is completely appropriate to jail people for possession of drugs.
19 posted on 12/22/2010 8:44:28 PM PST by Celtic Cross (I AM the Impeccable Hat. (AKA The Pope's Hat))
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To: crazyhorse691

A 24 year sentence with no evidence of violence. You think this is just??? I am amazed over and over that people like yourself cannot see how this violates the 8th amendment.


20 posted on 12/22/2010 8:52:02 PM PST by al_again2010
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To: KoRn

“No one should go to prison for the possession of a drug, unless they are caught selling them to kids or something similar.”

We’ll just wait for them to blow a store clerk’s brains out during a robbery or mowing someone down on the sidewalk or perhaps shoving their kid in the microwave. Then we’ll arrest them.


21 posted on 12/22/2010 8:53:08 PM PST by headstamp 2 ("My Boss is a Jewish Carpenter")
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To: Mandingo Conservative

Bull shit!


22 posted on 12/22/2010 8:53:17 PM PST by sport
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To: headstamp 2
"We’ll just wait for them to blow a store clerk’s brains out during a robbery or mowing someone down on the sidewalk"

Such things wouldn't often happen, but since we have a prohibition, government makes it a certainty. If anyone has a doubt, see the 1920s era prohibition. We are reliving it. What is it they say about LEARNING from history, or being doomed to REPEAT it?

Some people haven't learned......

23 posted on 12/22/2010 9:19:11 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Mandingo Conservative

She should have served her whole sentence.


24 posted on 12/22/2010 9:45:50 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Mandingo Conservative

More bleeding heart liberal garbage. Now she’s probably on welfare and votes democrat, while the rest of society suffers by having a former crack head roaming free. People found with crack on their person need to get life or the chair, preferably the chair, before they are allowed to destroy America from inside any further.


25 posted on 12/22/2010 10:06:13 PM PST by ledzep
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To: goseminoles

I’d rather have my kid drink that use cocaine or meth.

My son has a beer from time to time. It doesn’t bother me at all.

If he did coke or meth it would bother me a great deal. I would not want him having kids in that case, either.


26 posted on 12/22/2010 10:33:06 PM PST by Persevero (Merry Christmas!)
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To: Walts Ice Pick

You needn’t lump in the social conservative position of keeping drug abuse illegal with the social liberal position of more Medicare, more Social Security, more foreign aid and more spending.

Many of us, myself included, favor drug abuse laws but are not at all interested in socialistic welfare systems.


27 posted on 12/22/2010 10:34:55 PM PST by Persevero (Merry Christmas!)
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To: TwoSwords

“I won’t be a hypocrite, I’ve done my fair share of drugs”

You’re not a hypocrite. You know what you AREN’T missing.

If you used drugs, stopped, and say people shouldn’t use drugs, people say: Hypocrite! You used drugs yourself!

If you didn’t use drugs, and say people shouldn’t use drugs, people say: You don’t know what you are talking about!

So, you can’t win with those who don’t acknowledge that drug abuse hurts MANY people, not just the people using.


28 posted on 12/22/2010 10:36:56 PM PST by Persevero (Merry Christmas!)
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To: headstamp 2

“We’ll just wait for them to blow a store clerk’s brains out during a robbery or mowing someone down on the sidewalk or perhaps shoving their kid in the microwave. Then we’ll arrest them.”

Why not just wait for a car crash or plain ol’ child neglect? Happens a lot sooner.


29 posted on 12/22/2010 10:37:50 PM PST by Persevero (Merry Christmas!)
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To: Persevero

Saved me a post. Thank you for putting this up!


30 posted on 12/22/2010 10:42:10 PM PST by BenKenobi (Rush speaks! I hear, I obey)
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To: al_again2010

Right.

Nobody forced her to remain involved with her abusive ex boyfriend. If you know he’s a dope pusher, get the hell out of there.

This isn’t exactly hard folks. Work hard, keep your nose clean.


31 posted on 12/22/2010 10:44:49 PM PST by BenKenobi (Rush speaks! I hear, I obey)
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To: Persevero
You needn’t lump in the social conservative position of keeping drug abuse illegal with the social liberal position of more Medicare, more Social Security, more foreign aid and more spending.

Many of us, myself included, favor drug abuse laws but are not at all interested in socialistic welfare systems.

Yeah, we're all a bit different. I lump them all together because they're all manifestations of more government than I think we need.

But we all have different tolerance levels for government.

32 posted on 12/22/2010 10:54:31 PM PST by Walts Ice Pick
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To: al_again2010
People like me??? The drug culture is a destroying event, newbie. The story is BS and so is your compassion for those who will drag others into their own hell under the pretense of freedom. Wise up and watch what is going on around you before you become a paranoid barking moonbat seeing narcs at every street corner.
33 posted on 12/23/2010 12:16:06 AM PST by crazyhorse691 (Now that the libs are in power dissent is not only unpatriotic, but, it is also racist.)
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To: TwoSwords
IMHO the drug trade is one of the greatest threats that not only America, but the entire planet faces. The amount of money is just too irrestiable, especially for goverments, it seems.

Quite true. Of course, if these substances weren't illegal there would be no massive amounts of money involved.

The illegality creates the high prices.

I am continuously amazed at those who think CA agriculture could be saved by legalizing pot, as if a legal product would maintain the same high price. In actual fact, of course, pot as a legal commodity would quickly drop in price, as has every other farm product.

High price could be maintained by taxation, but set too high it would create a black market for untaxed dope and we're back to somewhere near where we started.

34 posted on 12/23/2010 1:22:38 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Walts Ice Pick
If we want small government and low taxes, we can't have all those things. Why is that so hard for people to understand?

Small government is going to require a return to an earlier culture where crime problems were largely solved by the citizens - sometimes with permanent results. Republicans don't seem to want that any more than Democrats do.

35 posted on 12/23/2010 7:48:52 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves ( "The right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended." - Rowan Atkinson)
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To: Sherman Logan

FRiend, do you want your babysitter or pharmacist to be legally doing pot? You can say you don’t know they’re not doing it now, but more than likely they aren’t because it’s illegal. Legalizing it just opens a Pandora’s Box of new problems. What’s next? I like LSD and you like meth arguments. The lawyers would love this. We either have standards or we don’t. This is one of them.


36 posted on 12/24/2010 5:08:02 PM PST by TwoSwords (The Lord is a man of war, Exodus 15:3)
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To: TwoSwords

If you reread my post, you’ll notice I didn’t say I was in favor of legalization of pot.

My comments were strictly with regard to the economic consequences of legalization on the price of the stuff and the consequent crime and murder to control distribution. You may note that organized crime immediately lost control ofd alcohol sales when Prohibition was repealed. When legal the trade just wasn’t profitable enough to support the massive overhead of a criminal organization.

You are correct there are good arguments on all side of legalization. You point out one. Why pot and not LSD? An equally good one is: Why alcohol and not pot? Alcohol really does cause greater disruption to society than pot would more widely used, as it would be when legal.

I don’t want my babysitter or pharmacist high on pot, but they I don’t want them trying to do their job while drunk, either.


37 posted on 12/24/2010 7:08:45 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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