Skip to comments.President Obama commutes drug sentence of Deval Patrick’s first cousin
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.
Theres a significant age gap between the two and the governor has no recollection of having met Mr. Wintersmith, said Patricks spokeswoman Jesse Mermell. Governor Patrick had no involvement in any application for a commutation of Mr. Wintersmith.
He was aware of Wintersmiths 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 Marthas 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.
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so in the pecking order of Obama controversies this one rate at what? maybe 1,982?
You can take the boy out of Chicago, but you can’t take the Chicago out of the boy.
Just want until the last days of the Dalai Bama’s reign.........he’ll open the floodgates with pardons.....
i call BS
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)?
He did not know the specifics of his case or the request for a commutation
Obama and Devil must use the same teleprompter!
Obama did not recall meeting his illegal alien uncle either,, till it was brought to light
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.
Merely a coincidence.
“That’s not the cousin I knew!” ~ Devil Patrick
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.
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.
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.
Let the record show that the convicted felon was prosecuted and sentenced by the Clinton Administration.
Life in prison seems a bit much for crack...
Obama said he had never met his Uncle either. Turns out he spent a summer with him.
Forgetting Duvet Patrick’s cousin, perhaps I can have hope he pardoned these crack fiends because his polling in the black community is bad.