Skip to comments.Free Clarence Aaron
Posted on 11/30/2004 12:18:53 PM PST by JZelle
The small joys of life when you live freely: walking into your kitchen for that first cup of coffee, driving down a curvy back road with no other cars in sight, choosing what you'll fix yourself for dinner. We take for granted these small freedoms -- yet they are freedoms we should value and recognize. A just society does not yank these rights from a young man for the rest of his life for a petty crime. The United States of America did just that when a federal court in Alabama sentenced Clarence Aaron to life without parole for a first-time non-violent drug conviction. He was 22 years old when he hooked up two dealers for two drug deals; they paid him $1,500. He has been in prison for 11 years, and he will die behind bars unless President Bush commutes his sentence.
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If you can't do the time don't do the crime.
I normally tend to say 'fry them' in cases like this- but if the facts are true and she IS NOT LEAVING ANYTHING OUT (she can thank Dan Rather and others for my skepticism) then this man deserves a second look.
24, 15 or 9kg of coke is a lot. What is Alabama's sentence range for being a major drug dealer and lying in court?
Seems like people form different opinions of this based on what details they focus on. Certainly reading the first paragraph can evoke sympathy for this person. maybe, just maybe, if that were the only consideration then people would favor clemency; I don't know. (I didn't read the whole thing.)
But focus on what effect the sentence, or granting clemency, in this case would have on the NEXT 100 people considering this crime? I bet it would deter them if they knew the punishment.
Even beyond this case, I think that principle is at work, to society's detriment. A different example: unwed motherhood. Many people felt it was a shame how unwed mothers were stigmatized, and maybe it was excessive say, 40 years ago. I don't know - I am not old enough to remember. But reducing the stigma so greatly not only makes life easier for the poor iunfortunate person trapped in that saituation, but makes the choice of that liefestyle an easier one to make in the future for many more.
Just some thoughts. I don't know if they make a lot of sense.
I have to get back to work!
Not 11 years. Life without parole.
And the only reason he got such a harsh sentence is because not being a professional criminal, he didn't know the ropes and had nothing to bargain with.
As far as I am concerned this drug dealer is gettign what he deserves.
I think dealing drug warrents this punishment.
then lock up 80% of the highschool in your neighbourhood. that's how many kids there have tried marijuana at least once.
Sorry, my bad. Geez! I'm on a roll today. :-(
Why have laws at all, we should just start letting people do whatever they want. Drugs, Assault,Robbery, Murder, anything goes I guess?
The Smith woman here in the Carolinas received 20 years and is able to be paroled sooner with good conduct and she murdered her two beautiful boys.
I agree with you, if the reporting is correct, this is an outlandish sentence.
20 f***ing pounds of nose candy?
Aaron also made the mistake of pleading not guilty and perjuring himself in court, which enhanced his sentence.
A "mistake" is something like using the wrong fork at dinner. Perjuring yourself while on trial for a serious felony isn't a "mistake."
That's just sick.
"Aaron also made the mistake of pleading not guilty and perjuring himself in court, which enhanced his sentence."
"Aaron now admits his guilt"
Sounds like he knew he was guilty and took a chance at lying under oath to the courts to try to weasel his way out of trouble. Sounds like he either got bad legal advice or thought he was OJ or something.
The answer is not to reduce this clown's sentence, it's to lengthen the sentences of violent criminals.
Or contrariwise, lets just execute all convicted felons, any felony, sure would cut down on crime.
I though one of the purposes of prison sentences is rehabilitating the offender to return to society. I don't want MY tax money to keep this guy locked up for the rest of his life. 11 years seems sufficient
So now, the taxpayers have to pay his bills - rent, utilities, education, food, medical, etc. - for the next fifty or sixty years.
It might make a lot more sense to have him apologize to the court and society in general, and let his eleven years served stand as his restitution.
Lets bring back the prison farm system. In Tx it used to not only pay for itself, but it showed a small profit to the states coffers.
You can bet the ranch there is more involved here than what is being printed!
And now he wants a "do-over", HMMMM
He undoubtedly got smacked extra hard because of his lying under oath but that does not remove the fact that he was dealing drugs that kill people and destroy lives. The others took the deal, he did not. He is a liar and a drug dealer. I don't feel sorry for him.
I failed to mention three important words that will answer many questions, "WE ALL MAKE CHOICES"
I agree that prison should be unpleasant, that should be a part of rehabing someone. When they come out they should be thinking 'there ain't no way I ever want to go there again.'
Love the recycling idea, for me any manufacturing job that is regularly given to an illegal alien because not enough Americans are willing to do it works
The story is so intentionally obtuse, it is difficult to figure out what he actually did, but if he sold 9 kilos (20 pounds) of Cocaine for only $1500.00 he is too stupid to be out on the street. Street value of 9 kilos ought to be close to a Million dollars.
The convicted criminal's side of the story can be found here:
(he was the middleman who put the deal together.)
A different prosecutor responds here:
(it was a $200,000 deal).