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President Obama commutes drug sentence of Deval Patrick’s first cousin
boston.com ^ | 12/19/2013 | Matt Viser and Tracy Jan

Posted on 12/19/2013 6:24:10 PM PST by massmike

Obama on Thursday granted a rare commutation to the first cousin of Governor Deval Patrick, allowing the release of a man who in 1994 was given a life sentence on charges of dealing crack cocaine.

Patrick said that he does not recall ever meeting his first cousin Reynolds Allen Wintersmith Jr., 39 of Rockford, Ill., and had no involvement in his application for clemency, which has been a cause of national advocates for years and has been featured in the national media.

“There’s a significant age gap between the two and the governor has no recollection of having met Mr. Wintersmith,” said Patrick’s spokeswoman Jesse Mermell. “Governor Patrick had no involvement in any application for a commutation of Mr. Wintersmith.”

He was aware of Wintersmith’s imprisonment, she said, but did not know the specifics of his case or the request for a commutation.

Patrick, who declined requests for an interview, has a close relationship with President Obama, dining with him at the White House and Martha’s Vineyard. Mermell said the White House did not alert the governor about the commutation, and that Patrick learned of it only through the news media.

A White House spokesman would not say whether Obama knew that Wintersmith was related to Patrick when he signed off on the commutation.

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


TOPICS: Government; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: cocaine; crack; dealingcocaine; dealingcrack; devilpatrick

1 posted on 12/19/2013 6:24:10 PM PST by massmike
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To: massmike

so in the pecking order of Obama controversies this one rate at what? maybe 1,982?


2 posted on 12/19/2013 6:28:13 PM PST by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: massmike

You can take the boy out of Chicago, but you can’t take the Chicago out of the boy.


3 posted on 12/19/2013 6:28:15 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (A courageous man finds a way, an ordinary man finds an excuse.)
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To: massmike

Just want until the last days of the Dalai Bama’s reign.........he’ll open the floodgates with pardons.....


4 posted on 12/19/2013 6:28:53 PM PST by ALASKA (Disgusted......)
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To: massmike

i call BS


5 posted on 12/19/2013 6:31:10 PM PST by martinidon
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To: massmike

Does anyone doubt that Obama will throw open the gates of Federal Pens for his people as he is leaving office (if he leaves office)?


6 posted on 12/19/2013 6:31:12 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: massmike
Patrick said that he does not recall ever meeting his first cousin

He did not know the specifics of his case or the request for a commutation

Obama and Devil must use the same teleprompter!

7 posted on 12/19/2013 6:31:21 PM PST by massmike (If I like my tagline,I can keep it! Obama said so..........)
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To: massmike

Obama did not recall meeting his illegal alien uncle either,, till it was brought to light


8 posted on 12/19/2013 6:33:47 PM PST by JoanneSD
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To: Michael.SF.

I have a feeling that every criminal with even one drop of black bloodline will be released from every prison in the United States and it’s territories and possessions on or about January 20, 2017. Watch and see.


9 posted on 12/19/2013 6:33:58 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (A courageous man finds a way, an ordinary man finds an excuse.)
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To: massmike

Why not? Obama did Deval Patrick’s speeches by Axelrod.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8M6x1H08aFc


10 posted on 12/19/2013 6:35:22 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: massmike

Merely a coincidence.


11 posted on 12/19/2013 6:36:13 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: JoanneSD

“That’s not the cousin I knew!” ~ Devil Patrick


12 posted on 12/19/2013 6:36:22 PM PST by massmike (If I like my tagline,I can keep it! Obama said so..........)
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To: massmike

The cover here is that Obama pardoned 8 or 9 crack traffickers whose sentence would have been much shorter under current guidelines. I have a lot of sympathy for people who get screwed over by a very tough sentence that is in existence, but drastically reduced for that same offense during their term.

That said, I wouldn’t find it hard to believe that the 8 or 9 pardons were cover for Deval’s cousin, and the real reason was to pardon that particular person (”find me some like him”) as a favor to O’s good friend, Governor Patrick.


13 posted on 12/19/2013 6:36:35 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: massmike

Yeah, and Barack didn’t know his illegal alien uncle, until he admitted that he lives with him for a time. These people lie even when the truth will work.


14 posted on 12/19/2013 6:39:55 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (A courageous man finds a way, an ordinary man finds an excuse.)
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To: massmike

Mass. Republicans are not attacking the Democrats on the criminal sanctuary they run. They run campaigns like inspirational Paul Ryan and Jack Kemp.

An Andean jungle boy who couldnt speak Spanish was ruled incompetent to stand trial.

Judge Janet Kinton-Walker says Nicolas Guaman’s “unique cultural background” and language barrier means that he doesn’t understand the court process.


15 posted on 12/19/2013 6:40:23 PM PST by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: massmike
Obama: “Instead, because of a disparity in the law that is now recognized as unjust, they remain in prison, separated from their families and their communities, at a cost of millions of taxpayer dollars each year.”

Let the record show that the convicted felon was prosecuted and sentenced by the Clinton Administration.

16 posted on 12/19/2013 6:41:52 PM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: Hoodat

Life in prison seems a bit much for crack...


17 posted on 12/19/2013 6:45:49 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: massmike
Obama has a soft spot for crack dealers. 8 commutations today.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/20/us/obama-commuting-sentences-in-crack-cocaine-cases.html

18 posted on 12/19/2013 6:50:31 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: massmike

Obama said he had never met his Uncle either. Turns out he spent a summer with him.


19 posted on 12/19/2013 6:52:47 PM PST by Venturer (Half Staff the Flag of the US for Terrorists.)
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To: massmike

Forgetting Duvet Patrick’s cousin, perhaps I can have hope he pardoned these crack fiends because his polling in the black community is bad.


20 posted on 12/19/2013 6:55:00 PM PST by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: massmike

I find it hard to believe that
crack cocaine is 1000X worse than powder cocaine,
and people that claim it is,
look to me to be either liars or idiots.


21 posted on 12/19/2013 6:58:04 PM PST by RockyTx
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To: massmike

Clearly, birds of a... uh... feather flock together.


22 posted on 12/19/2013 7:06:34 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: massmike

So what happeneds to all the other brothers who are in jail for the same or lesser crimes? Seems to me your president is not playing fair when it comes to his bros


23 posted on 12/19/2013 7:09:25 PM PST by ronnie raygun
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To: massmike; LucyT

This certainly explains the pardon. It was not just Obama’s fondness for drugs. The other seven were nothing but cover for this guy.

How many people do you know who never met their first cousin? Deval and Barack are long-time political buddies who used to exchange campaign speeches.


24 posted on 12/19/2013 7:14:36 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: massmike

The first of many.


25 posted on 12/19/2013 7:21:42 PM PST by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: massmike

These”People”seem to suffer from the same malady as The KlinToons:”Selective Memory-Loss”????????????????


26 posted on 12/19/2013 7:50:21 PM PST by bandleader
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