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Obama Will Take ‘Executive Action’ to Reduce Prison Population
Cybercast News Service ^ | January 31, 2014 - 7:40 AM | Susan Jones

Posted on 01/31/2014 9:19:21 AM PST by Olog-hai

Congress can pass legislation giving judges more discretion in the sentencing of prisoners, but President Obama “also has the ability to take executive action” to commute the sentences of “low-level” drug offenders—and that’s just what he plans to do, Deputy Attorney General James Cole told the New York State Bar Association annual meeting on Thursday.

“A little over a month ago, the President commuted the sentences of eight men and women who were sentenced under severe—and out of date—mandatory minimum sentencing laws,” Cole said. …

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: clemency; commutation; drugoffenses; executiveorder; mandatoryminimum; obama; obamadictator
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1 posted on 01/31/2014 9:19:21 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

By having them spayed or neutered?


2 posted on 01/31/2014 9:20:11 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Olog-hai

Impeach Obama in 2014. Period.


3 posted on 01/31/2014 9:21:47 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Olog-hai

Deval Patrick managed to get 17,000 drug cases dismissed by hiring incompetents at the state drug lab.


4 posted on 01/31/2014 9:21:52 AM PST by AU72
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To: Olog-hai

Pardons for sale,
Lame duck
Pardons for sale

0 will take in millions


5 posted on 01/31/2014 9:22:40 AM PST by jonose
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To: Graewoulf

Not possible. He has too many friends in the GOP leadership.


6 posted on 01/31/2014 9:23:23 AM PST by Starboard
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To: Olog-hai

My dog has fleas

Can Obama issue an executive order and fix that?

Oh and the basement leaks- can he fix that too


7 posted on 01/31/2014 9:23:31 AM PST by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Olog-hai

How ‘bout deporting all of the illegal aliens in our prisons to their own countries?


8 posted on 01/31/2014 9:23:33 AM PST by gspurlock (http://www.backyardfence.wordpress.com)
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To: Olog-hai

I’m thinking this action will have “disparate impact”.

Do you think so too?


9 posted on 01/31/2014 9:24:23 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Olog-hai

Is this just federal criminals? The POTUS cannot pardon state criminals..................


10 posted on 01/31/2014 9:24:27 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Olog-hai

He must be talking about federal drug laws only, because if he thinks he is going to start freeing prisoners that were sentenced under state guidelines he can cram that right up his Obama.


11 posted on 01/31/2014 9:24:52 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Olog-hai

Everybody knows that drug laws discriminate against blacks and other minorities. This will be a chance for Obama to correct the affects of these unfair laws and bring the prison population back into balance with the general population. /s


12 posted on 01/31/2014 9:25:42 AM PST by oldbrowser (Obamacare is Obama's Great Leap Forward)
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To: silverleaf
Oh and the basement leaks- can he fix that too


13 posted on 01/31/2014 9:26:01 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Abathar

How many thousands released ? Oh well, 1000s more reasons to be armed I guess.


14 posted on 01/31/2014 9:27:08 AM PST by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: Olog-hai

....watch the crime rate skyrocket.


15 posted on 01/31/2014 9:27:13 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Olog-hai

...he’ll give them jobs as Odungocare navigators....


16 posted on 01/31/2014 9:27:18 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Olog-hai

I bet the details of the definition of “low-level drug offender” will contain all kinds of fun. They’ll come out when it’s too late, though.


17 posted on 01/31/2014 9:28:27 AM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Olog-hai
Link to story from December in which he's already done this. In that case, it was federal drug charges. The argument was - as is now, it seems - that the sentencing guidelines were reduced since these guys were convicted, and thus it's "unfair" that they are still in prison.

I'd argue that they should have known the risks and chose to break the law anyway.

18 posted on 01/31/2014 9:29:55 AM PST by alancarp
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To: Olog-hai

ANOTHER good reason for the law abiding public to be able to defend themselves with a firearm.


19 posted on 01/31/2014 9:30:33 AM PST by Qiviut (It's hard to be a donk if you're sane & it's hard to be a pubbie if you have any integrity.)
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To: jonose

He’d have to really do a lot to catch up with Grifter Clinton.


20 posted on 01/31/2014 9:32:43 AM PST by Gaffer
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21 posted on 01/31/2014 9:32:59 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Olog-hai

We’ve got plenty of empty prisons here in Michigan that would make great places to house elected traitors.


22 posted on 01/31/2014 9:33:50 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Red Badger

oh hey thanks
I’ll try that on the dog :-)


23 posted on 01/31/2014 9:34:17 AM PST by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Olog-hai

Yeah his son wants OUT! ! ! ! !


24 posted on 01/31/2014 9:34:53 AM PST by DeaconRed (ZERO: Resign now while you can. . . . . .)
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To: George from New England

They gotta pay for those drugs somehow, and they will sometimes do whatever they have to for their fix. The number one reason most people carry now somehow works back to drugs I think.

How many will repeat and be arrested for something within the first 3 months of getting out?

90%+ is my guess...


25 posted on 01/31/2014 9:35:54 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Olog-hai
Awww...he just wants a shot at a better cell.
26 posted on 01/31/2014 9:37:02 AM PST by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: Olog-hai

And of course since blacks are given stiffer sentences than whites and since blacks are more likely to use drugs purely because of the fact that they have been held back by the man and because they have been denied the opportunity to succeed. They will be the first ones released.


27 posted on 01/31/2014 9:37:28 AM PST by cquiggy
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To: Abathar

Possession with intent to deal is one of the easier things to prove in court..but lots of these critters are guilty of much worse and I expect that they will return to their previous occupations when they get out of prison.


28 posted on 01/31/2014 9:39:17 AM PST by Oldexpat
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To: Olog-hai

Commuting sentences and granting pardons is part of the Executive branch’s mandate to enforce the law. I don’t see this particular executive action as being unconstitutional.


29 posted on 01/31/2014 9:41:12 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: AU72

Just like he planned it.


30 posted on 01/31/2014 9:47:58 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Abathar
They gotta pay for those drugs somehow, and they will sometimes do whatever they have to for their fix.

Those who commit actual crimes to support their bad habits are the ones who deserve prosecution. And a primary reasons such people do commit crimes is because of the ridiculous costs which Prohibition causes by forcing people into the black market.

The vast majority of "partiers" are everyday Americans who don't commit crimes, work hard at their jobs, and don't belong in prison for possessing the wrong plant, medicine, or chemical (or gun, for that matter, because there People who commit actual crime is logically where the line should be drawn, not mass incarceration for violating contraband laws.

Keep real criminals behind bars longer, and focus on rehabilitating people with substance abuse problems, and society will be a better place, without all the Tyranny.

31 posted on 01/31/2014 9:48:34 AM PST by sargon (I don't like the sound of these here Boncentration Bamps!)
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To: alancarp
In that case, it was federal drug charges. The argument was - as is now, it seems - that the sentencing guidelines were reduced since these guys were convicted, and thus it's "unfair" that they are still in prison.

I'd argue that they should have known the risks and chose to break the law anyway.

I'd argue that the federal drug-laws are illegitimate in the first place.
Consider that in order to regulate alcohol the eighteenth-amendment was passed — no such amendment exists WRT drugs.
Consider, also, that the regulations are applies on an intrastate scope while congress's "commerce clause" power is supposed to be interstate.
Consider that the interstate commerce clause has been expanded from intrastate commerce to included non-commerce.
(See Wickard, and Raich)

32 posted on 01/31/2014 9:49:01 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: silverleaf

When it comes to dogs I don’t think he makes executive orders, he makes lunch orders.


33 posted on 01/31/2014 9:49:47 AM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Abathar
They gotta pay for those drugs somehow, and they will sometimes do whatever they have to for their fix.

I fixed an editing error:

Those who commit actual crimes to support their bad habits are the ones who deserve prosecution. And a primary reasons such people do commit crimes is because of the ridiculous costs which Prohibition causes by forcing people into the black market.

The vast majority of "partiers" are everyday Americans who don't commit crimes, work hard at their jobs, and don't belong in prison for possessing the wrong plant, medicine, or chemical (or gun, for that matter, because there are people who get railroaded for that, too.)

People who commit actual crime is logically where the line should be drawn, not mass incarceration for violating contraband laws.

Keep real criminals behind bars longer, and focus on rehabilitating people with substance abuse problems, and society will be a better place, without all the Tyranny.

34 posted on 01/31/2014 9:50:52 AM PST by sargon (I don't like the sound of these here Boncentration Bamps!)
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To: BuckeyeTexan
Commuting sentences and granting pardons is part of the Executive branch’s mandate to enforce the law. I don’t see this particular executive action as being unconstitutional.

Same here — and given that the War on Drugs is an entirely illegitimate system, I don't have any argument against this.

35 posted on 01/31/2014 9:51:04 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Olog-hai

I suppose it’s easier for criminals to vote Democrat MORE THAN ONCE if they’re not in prison.


36 posted on 01/31/2014 9:51:51 AM PST by CivilWarBrewing
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To: silverleaf

No, silly, this is for dogs!.....................

37 posted on 01/31/2014 9:56:39 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Olog-hai
"Low level drug offenders"


38 posted on 01/31/2014 9:59:17 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: Olog-hai
White and Asians go to prison. Especially those with assets they can consume to fund the for profit sector in the legal system.

Blacks and latinos will never do time for anything. Their legal costs are a burden on our for profit legal system.

39 posted on 01/31/2014 9:59:55 AM PST by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: Olog-hai

Affirmative Action Pardon Program?


40 posted on 01/31/2014 10:02:07 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: oldbrowser

We all know what happens on the streets when they turn the mental patints loose


41 posted on 01/31/2014 10:03:05 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Olog-hai

Impeach!


42 posted on 01/31/2014 10:03:08 AM PST by faithhopecharity (C)
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To: Gaffer
He’d have to really do a lot to catch up with Grifter Clinton.

That's a fact. Ya didn't even have to be in prison yet to buy a pardon from Clintoon.

43 posted on 01/31/2014 10:04:55 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Navy Patriot

You’re correct! Mark Rich IIRC....


44 posted on 01/31/2014 10:07:19 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Olog-hai
In April 2009 a Congressional vote overturned former President George W. Bush's executive order that had changed the Presidential Records Act after he became president.

Do the same thing you cowards.

45 posted on 01/31/2014 10:07:24 AM PST by McGruff (I'm a Conservative. Not necessarily a Republican.)
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To: Olog-hai

One of my 1st predictions about Obama before he even took office was that he would eventually pardon every drug offender in jail in the US.


46 posted on 01/31/2014 10:07:55 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Gaffer

The “bag woman” delivered to Clinton, personally. LOL!


47 posted on 01/31/2014 10:10:45 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: sargon

Partiers don’t go up the river on Fed charges though, these are not people out looking for a good time getting busted with a couple of grams. These are more the middle level dealers who were somehow making money doing it would be my guess.


48 posted on 01/31/2014 10:14:50 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Olog-hai

I can see it now, a pardon and a voter registration form all on one document (with the political party already marked DEMOCRAT).


49 posted on 01/31/2014 10:15:17 AM PST by CIB-173RDABN (I do not doubt that our climate changes. I only doubt that anything man does has any effect.)
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To: Abathar

You’re still thinking as if this president is bound by any laws or restrictions.


50 posted on 01/31/2014 10:20:14 AM PST by ShasheMac
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