Convictions on marijuana possession often piggyback on arrests made for more serious violations. Rape, burglary, theft, assault, even murder. You name it. Arrest some thug and not find pot on them? Not likely.
But... DA’s often find to hard and troublesome to make a case for the serious crimes. The courts are backlogged and it’s far easier to get a plea deal for possession. So that’s what they do.
So they essentially put a career criminal in prison where he belongs just because of a few ounces.
Is this wrong? Should they instead spend tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars making the real case for which the thug was arrested for? Or should they just dismiss 2/3 of all arrests because they don’t have the courts available to handle these cases?
Yeah, its a cop-out to take the easy way out and use possession as the way to get these thugs in jail. But this is the world we live in.
So for Mosby or anyone to use marijuana convictions as a race card or as “proof” that anyone - black or white - is in jail simply for possession is false.
Just not true.
There is an easy way to stay out of prison. I’m white but I think it would work for most any race;
Is Mosby going to let out all the people who pleaded guilty to marijuana possession though they were arrested for far more heinous crimes?
The corollary is that with 10 states legalized, and about the same number decriminalized to a ticket, we have a serious imbalance and looming 4A/10A/14A constitutional problem in the US ... not a choom fan, but if this was alcohol, and patchwork legality with possessors going to jail for years in one state (say, South Bend), and 6 miles over the border (say, Niles MI), drink up? Or a short bridge between Ontario, OR (drink) and Payette/Ingard/Fruitland, ID (dry)?
Sorry, that the price we ALL pay for compromising and not doing the right thing. I get what you’re saying, and the pragamatism behind it, but if they rape or rob, DO YOUR DAMNED JOB AND PROVE IT I say to those ‘prosecutors’. If the person is a violent criminal then their record should show that.
Public officials that take the easy way out, heck, any of us that take the easy way out, trade immediate, but WRONG solutions for much more trouble down the line.
Screw plea bargains, cops and DAs should do their damned job.
so YES, if my tax dollars are going to go for anything, then they should go for putting violent thugs in jail for violent crimes.