Skip to comments.Calling sentence disparities unfair, Obama pardons 8 crack offenders
Posted on 12/19/2013 2:06:20 PM PST by Zakeet
President Obama on Thursday commuted the prison sentences for eight people convicted of crack cocaine offenses and pardoned 13 others, surpassing in the fifth year of his presidency all the acts of clemency from his entire first term.
I am commuting the prison terms of eight men and women who were sentenced under an unfair system, Mr. Obama said in a statement. Commuting the sentences of these eight Americans is an important step toward restoring fundamental ideals of justice and fairness.
We are excited for the families of those who were granted commutations today, and we are glad that President Obama recognized that these individuals were serving unnecessarily lengthy sentences, said FAMM [Families Against Mandatory Minimums] President Julie Stewart. The bottom line, however, is that there are several thousand more where they came from.
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Among those who had their sentences commuted by the president under the new "Catch and Release" program was Clarence Aaron of Mobile, Ala. ... who was sentenced in 1993 to life in prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine ... and was justifiably pardoned because it is unfair to keep upstanding citizens like him in jail ... and because what he did wasn't all that bad ... really ... and because we need more people like him out on the street contributing to society!
Besides, there was a job waiting for him in Toronto...
When coming up with the amount of a drug that was in a person's possession, the actual amount ought to be used.
A kilo of crack is a tenth of a kilo of actual cocaine.
You kind of expect a crack head to go easy on crack pushers.
You kind of expect a crack head to go easy on crack pushers.
a great percentage of them will be back in the slammer within one year!
I actually don’t have a problem with this. He served over 20 years. Do you think selling drugs should result in a life sentence? Especially when most violent felons get a few years at most? I’d be perfectly fine with switching that around.
Clarence Aaron would’ve been released during the Bush administration had it not been for misconduct by a DOJ official involved in the case. His life sentence was outrageous.
Obama should’ve let him go years ago. Everyone who has heard of it agrees:
If the prisoner's court that originally convicted him granted a resentencing on appeal, or his parole board said so, or the governor of his state agreed and granted a commutation, yes.
But this is Big Dog Cracker-Buster Osagyefo Paramount Chief and Dear Leader Reichsfuehrer Barack I Obama just saying so on his own motion, to epater les bourgeoises crackas.
That's different. It's like my giving Jesse James an unearned pardon because he was a white boy.
Good call, neither do I. FWIW, this guy and the others are small peanuts.
December 2016 and January, 2017 will be the real revelation of Obama's convictions since that is historically when the REAL pardons and commutations are granted by the outgoing president....
Do you trust liberal axe-grinding media tools that much?
If it was up to Obama, Zimmerman would be serving a life sentence because of the Trayvon case, so I doubt he really knows what a “fair system” is.
I have no sympathy for Aaron. He decided to be associated with illegal activity and the stink rubbed off on him.
Sorry....he made a bad choice.....
I agree with you on that. If rehabilitation is part of the goal of incarceration a life sentence is a bit excessive.
The baking soda has nothing to do with it if you're talking about trafficking.
I’ll bet you that within a year they are all back in the pokey....................
The judge did agree, but this hands were tied by the mandatory sentence. And maybe you weren't aware, but "life without parole" means parole boards never hear the case.
The link I posted was from liberal, axe-grinding Fox News. Here's what liberal, axe-grinding National Review just posted:
I differ with this NRO post in that I don't believe Obama deserves ANY credit. He let this guy rot in prison for an extra five years because he didn't have the guts to do the right thing.
Jesse James formented a revolt and killed people.
Federal case. No governors involved. And only the president has power of pardon in federal cases. Similarly, president has no power of pardon over state cases.
Life sentences like his are not rehabilitative. They're intended to be permanent, and reflect a permanent judgment on a person adjudged a career criminal and relegated for the public safety.
IIRC, after Len Bias’s death,there were many in the black community who begged for harsh sentences to stop the crack scourge.
Now those laws are considered “unfair”.
I DO think life is too harsh for any but the biggest drug crimes, such as bundles of coke heroin and the like.
Thanks for sharpening my point.
I wonder how many he pardoned were white.
Yes: as a racist I would like to know.
By the way were there any other commutations? Or were they all drug dealers and users, and who gave Obama the right to say what laws are not fair?
Maybe he will take all of them to Hawaii with him.
It’s a life sentence of drug dependency for those who bought it and how many died from overdose, and what about the families of those he sold it to.
If I had my way drug dealers would be executed ,not given 20 years.
That isn’t all of the issue. Those higher sentencing guidelines were enacted because crack was running rampant through the inner city and the liberals were screaming about it. Most of the large cities in the country had crack wars going on for control of the local drug trade.
“sentenced under an unfair system”
Hey Hussein: It’s not up to you to decide which laws are or are not fair. Now stop doing your level best to destroys America, you bastard.
But packs much more punch than does the powder.
Cocaine is bad stuff for a person and for society — and crack is ten times as bad.
Actually, the Presidential Pardon is one of the few legitimate jobs a President has. And it's telling that he's done it less than any of his predecessors. We should all wish that he and his successors spend a lot more time doing this and less messing up our lives.
Pardon is one thing. Undercutting the very system of laws he swore to protect is another.
White House: “These crack offenders are being released because the justice system is fundamentally flawed. While those convicted of drug crimes involving the crack version of cocaine get mandatory sentences up to life without parole, those abusing powder cocaine get to party with celebrities and people like Larry Sinclair. They can even become president.”
Wait until you see Obama’s Pardon List out the day before the end of his term. It will make the Manhattan Metro phone book look small by comparison.
If ZEROBAMA had prison friends they would look like him.
Really? How about liquor store owners? What do you think we should do to them?
Like him or not, he’s the President. And the President has the power to issue pardons. Thats part of the deal. And if he wants to let out some small time drug dealer after 20 years in prison, I don’t have a problem with it.
New world order needs to keep promoting its drug industry in the minds of the sheeple.
He has that power. That doesn’t mean we have to agree with it.
No, there is no remedy. Mandatory minimum sentence. Life without parole. End of story. Prosecutors, jurors and judges have no say when it comes to sentencing.
No one was arguing that the guy was innocent. The argument was that life without parole was overly harsh for a small time drug dealer.
“Raciss evil white people” have nothing to do with it. And why do you want to drag race into this?
So you think life in prison without parole is a fair sentence for small time drug dealing? You know how much it costs to keep those guys locked up?
Hey look, there are crappy laws. Example number one — Obamacare. And the Republicans tried to “undercut” it by not funding it. Your outrage is very selective.
Well if you feel that way, then to Hell with the chemistry or logic. Your subjective feelings are what’s important here.
Good. Even a broken clock is right once in a while.
The War on Drugs is the epitome of Constitution-shredding, nanny-state Tyranny. Always has been. Always will be.
Prohibitionist authoritarians delude themselves when they say they believe in Liberty. They make a mockery of the word...
Small time drug dealing?
First it was users and then dealers, whats next their hit men?
If I “feel” that way?
Surely you know that crack is addictive and destructive. It is very much like meth.
He was convicted in federal court, not state court, so none of those things could have happened-- a federal judge can only reduce a sentence within 14 days after it was imposed, or if the prosecutor requests it on grounds of the defendants' cooperation with other prosecutions; there is no such thing as parole in federal cases; and state governors cannot pardon federal convicts. For federal prisoners, it's a presidential pardon or nothing.
But you want to base sentences on ephemeral things like "surely you know."
Like I said, who needs science and logic when people like you can tell us "surely you know."