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DOJ Pardon Atty. Quits as Obama Plans to Free Thousands of Drug Convicts
Judicial Watch ^ | Aprilt 24, 2014

Posted on 04/24/2014 1:42:57 PM PDT by jazusamo

As President Obama prepares to use his executive power to release thousands of felons (serving time under “racist” drug sentences) the Justice Department’s top official in charge of pardons quits rather than let criminals out of jail.

At least someone at the agency charged with enforcing the law and providing federal leadership in controlling crime, has some scruples. Of course, the official statement on the abrupt resignation of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Pardon Attorney, Ron Rodgers, is that he suddenly requested reassignment after heading the division for six years. One newswire story quotes a DOJ Deputy Attorney General saying that Rodgers’ departure is “in the tradition” of senior executive service attorneys who ask for reassignment.

The facts tell a different story. As head of the DOJ’s Pardons Office Rodgers clashed with the Obama administration over a controversial plan to release—or reduce the sentences of—convicted drug offenders. It’s part of the president’s effort to end racial discrimination in drug-related sentences. It started with the 2010 signing of a law ( Fair Sentencing Act) that for the first time in decades relaxed drug-crime sentences he claims discriminate against minority offenders. The measure severely weakens a decades-old law enacted during the infamous crack cocaine epidemic that ravaged urban communities nationwide in the 1980s.

But the Fair Sentencing Act is not retroactive so the president launched a broad plan this month to help those sentenced under the older, stricter law which required mandatory prison for first-time offenders and a five-year sentence for trafficking offenses involving more than five grams of crack cocaine. This punished a disproportionate number of blacks, the administration says, compared to more affluent whites and Hispanics that enjoy lighter sentences for possessing the more expensive powder cocaine that most blacks can’t afford.

So this week Attorney General Eric Holder announced a new DOJ clemency initiative that’s expected to free thousands of prisoners serving time for crimes related to crack cocaine. The agency expects to get bombarded with petitions, Holder said in a video posted on the DOJ website, and will assign dozens of new attorneys to its pardon office, which is now headed by an Obama team player named Deborah Leff. The clemencies will “restore a degree of justice, fairness and proportionality,” Holder said, adding that the DOJ is “committed to recommending as many qualified applicants as possible for reduced sentences.”

More than 20,000 inmates “sentenced under the old regime” will likely qualify for clemency, according to Deputy Attorney General James Cole, who held a press conference this week to announce the initiative. “For our criminal justice system to be effective, it needs to not only be fair; but it also must be perceived as being fair,” Cole said. “Older, stringent punishments that are out of line with sentences imposed under today’s laws erode people’s confidence in our criminal justice system, and I am confident that this initiative will go far to promote the most fundamental of American ideals – equal justice under law.”

With that said, here’s an interesting tidbit related to this story. One of the federal lawmakers (California Congresswoman Maxine Waters) that for years pushed to reduce drug sentences over racial disparities accused the CIA of selling crack cocaine to blacks in her south central Los Angeles district to raise money to support clandestine operations in Latin America, including a guerrilla army. Waters and her buddy, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, were driving forces behind the Fair Sentencing Act and are undoubtedly celebrating the new clemency criteria.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: California; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: blackkk; california; cia; doj; dojattyresigns; dojpardons; fairsentencingact; holder; holderpardons; kenyanbornmuzzie; losangeles; maxinewaters; obama; pardons; ronrodgers; sheilajacksonlee; texas; waronamerica
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1 posted on 04/24/2014 1:42:57 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

“Those who are kind to the cruel are soon cruel to the kind..”

Yes:

Jailing ranchers, freeing drug-dealers.


2 posted on 04/24/2014 1:44:36 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: jazusamo

this is retroactive sentencing. just as wrong as retroactive taxes. if it were to be done for innocent people shafted by unjust laws that’s another matter entirely. these people weren’t little innocents.


3 posted on 04/24/2014 1:46:28 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: jazusamo
"Attorney General Eric Holder canceled his appearance before the Oklahoma City Police Department’s graduating cadet class Thursday amid angry protests over his scheduled visit.

Mr. Holder was scheduled to deliver remarks at the graduation ceremony at 2:30 p.m. ET, according to his official itinerary sent out by the Justice Department Thursday morning."

4 posted on 04/24/2014 1:48:45 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Secret Agent Man

Fundamental transformation indeed!


5 posted on 04/24/2014 1:51:04 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: jazusamo

So he didn’t actually resign. He requested reassignment; so they still have their hooks in him and he can’t talk.


6 posted on 04/24/2014 1:53:38 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: Secret Agent Man
these people weren’t little innocents.

Exactly, and these felons in federal prison for the most part are not common users, counties and states prosecute them. These people are pushers, suppliers and importers and deserve no clemency.

7 posted on 04/24/2014 1:53:46 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: gaijin

And if these “disproportionally minority” convicted drug dealing felons are released, they will most likely go right back to their neighborhoods and start if all over.

Then the “minority neighborhoods” will start complaining louder about the crime in their neighborhood; never connecting the events.

This is doing no one a favor.


8 posted on 04/24/2014 1:55:08 PM PDT by kevslisababy
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To: Truth29

It seems so...Too bad he didn’t resign or retire like Christian Adams and speak out on this corrupt DOJ.


9 posted on 04/24/2014 1:55:29 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

“After over 2,000 petition signatures by students, Michelle Obama has been forced to cancel her graduation speech in Topeka Unified School District 501. “


10 posted on 04/24/2014 1:56:53 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Truth29

The IRS is filling out his audit papers as we type.


11 posted on 04/24/2014 1:56:58 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: jazusamo

Hey...look at me...I was doing coke and dealing and I became President.


12 posted on 04/24/2014 1:57:54 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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Please bump the Freepathon or click above and donate or become a monthly donor!

13 posted on 04/24/2014 1:58:40 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

One of the problems with the mandatory minimums passed by the Feds in the 1980s is that although they justified it as a way to get the big drug kingpins off the streets for a very long time, they failed miserably at that. Most of these offenders are on the low end of the hierarchy so I see it as just another failed government program. Indeed, the number of people in Federal prison has increased by a magnitude of 10 since the 80s (from 20,000 to 200,000).


14 posted on 04/24/2014 1:58:56 PM PDT by microgood
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To: Paladin2

She’s still semi involved I guess. Wonder if the schools can get their original reservation dates back.

http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/256542131.html


15 posted on 04/24/2014 2:01:33 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Yep, and he sneers. Little wonder decent people throughout the world despise him and adversaries ignore or laugh at him.


16 posted on 04/24/2014 2:01:43 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo
The rule of law is dead.

That cuts both ways, Zero.

17 posted on 04/24/2014 2:04:35 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The best way to control opposition is to lead it ourselves." -- Vladimir Ilyich Lenin)
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To: jazusamo

How did someone with honor end up in the Obama administration?


18 posted on 04/24/2014 2:05:34 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
Thanks.

I think she did get a strong message though.

19 posted on 04/24/2014 2:06:55 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: 12th_Monkey

I’d guess he’s not a political appointee and was a holdover from pre 0bummer/Holder.


20 posted on 04/24/2014 2:09:23 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

“The clemencies will “restore a degree of justice, fairness and proportionality,” Holder said, adding that the DOJ is “committed to recommending as many qualified applicants as possible for reduced sentences.””

Does that mean that white collar criminals, a disproportional number being white, will also apply to balance the table?


21 posted on 04/24/2014 2:12:14 PM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: jazusamo

Has to be...


22 posted on 04/24/2014 2:13:36 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: gaijin

What are you quoting? That’s great, because it’s absolutely true.

One of the reasons these sentences were more severe is that this was not usually the only thing these people were doing (many of them had other felony convictions, often dating from a time when lax sentencing was the rule) and that crack was destroying the black “community” and blacks themselves were asking that these people be taken out of their neighborhoods and sent away.

I hope some of them got their lives together in prison - I know a couple of people who did - but the others should just be given more time to think about it and finish their sentences. Otherwise, Obama is just inflicting them on their poor, nearly empty neighborhoods again.


23 posted on 04/24/2014 2:15:10 PM PDT by livius
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To: jazusamo
Networks Continue to Ignore Obama Admin Considering Pardons for Thousands of Drug Offenders
24 posted on 04/24/2014 2:18:04 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: jazusamo; Diogenes

” - - - the abrupt resignation of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Pardon Attorney, Ron Rodgers - - - - “

At last, Diogenes’ Lantern has found an honest man in the DOJ!

BTW, could Ron Rodgers be the last honest man in the DOJ?


25 posted on 04/24/2014 2:18:19 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: jazusamo
6 years, after "this" b@$t@rd is in office, He releases "the scum of society" returning
to their old Haunts..more crimes/criminals in da hood..safer neighborhoods..NAH!

26 posted on 04/24/2014 2:18:21 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? ;-)
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To: jazusamo

What is the racial breakdown of these cons being freed?


27 posted on 04/24/2014 2:18:47 PM PDT by TomasUSMC (FIGHT LIKE WW2, WIN LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM.)
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To: jazusamo

....do Obama, Jarrett, Van Jones, and Holder all see America as South Side Chicago? Is it a mixed race culture of ms-fits?


28 posted on 04/24/2014 2:19:06 PM PDT by yoe (BHO changed the rules without Congressional input making Obamacare Null&Void...EO's arent law....)
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To: jazusamo
The upside is that most of these people will return to the inner city ghettos they came from and from now on they have to be caught twice as often as before.
Marxist's golden touch will insure that another generation of young men and women will spend their lives in the hell of drug dependency. The released drug addicts will help to infect a new generation.
29 posted on 04/24/2014 2:19:19 PM PDT by oldbrowser (Does the federal government qualify as a terrorist organization?)
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To: jazusamo

Obama is giving a Presidential Pardon to his friends or hopes they’ll become his friends


30 posted on 04/24/2014 2:19:25 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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A good left wing resume...

Prior to joining the Justice Department in 2010, Ms. Leff held a variety of leadership positions in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She was President and member of the Board of Directors of the Public Welfare Foundation, a national foundation based in Washington, D.C., focusing on criminal and juvenile justice, health reform, and workers’ rights. She has also served as Director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum; President and CEO of Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization; and President of the Joyce Foundation. During much of the 1980s and early 1990s, Ms. Leff was Senior Producer at ABC News Nightline, World News Tonight and 20/20, overseeing coverage that won numerous national awards, including the Emmy and the DuPont awards. She is the former Chair of the Board of Directors of StoryCorps and previously served on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, CARE and the Children's Defense Fund. She also chaired the Midwest Rhodes Scholars Selection Committee.

Ms. Leff received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where she was named a University Scholar. She earned her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School and received an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Lake Forest College.

31 posted on 04/24/2014 2:21:03 PM PDT by az_gila
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To: jazusamo
[Art.: Obama Mouthpiece Ralphing Out Party Line (<filtering out gagging noises in background>)]
“Older, stringent punishments that are out of line with sentences imposed under today’s laws erode people’s confidence in our criminal justice system, and I am confident that this initiative will go far to promote the most fundamental of American ideals – equal justice under law.”

Yeah -- we won't have "equal justice under law" until the proportion of murders of white citizens at the hands of black releasees rises to equal the proportion of murders among the black community at the hands of those selfsame murderers Obama-Holder aim to release. (And of course they'll get their Motor Voter cards right away.)

Translation: Open season on y'all crackas!

New political slogan for billboards in black slums:

WE MURDER OUT AND WE VOTE

32 posted on 04/24/2014 2:21:12 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: jazusamo

Libertarians, even here, want to point out the “victimless” crime of possessing illegal drugs for personal use. But what they fail to mention is that what crime is apparent is the tip of an iceberg of criminality. Now, I’m not saying that you can assume unproven crimes, but drug abusers are NOT little angels.


33 posted on 04/24/2014 2:23:21 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: jazusamo
DOJ Pardon Atty. Quits as Obama Plans to Free Thousands of Drug Convicts

They need the cell space for Conservative non-profit donors, officers and employees.

34 posted on 04/24/2014 2:27:28 PM PDT 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: microgood
Feds shouldn't be involved at all. Police powers are reserved to the States under the Constitution.

/johnny

35 posted on 04/24/2014 2:28:45 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: lentulusgracchus
WE MURDER OUT AND WE VOTE

That way both the dead murder victims, AND the murderers can vote Rat.

36 posted on 04/24/2014 2:31:02 PM PDT 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: fwdude

Well said...It’s not just their own lives they screw up it’s many others.


37 posted on 04/24/2014 2:33:21 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: 12th_Monkey

Yeah, no kidding.


38 posted on 04/24/2014 2:35:11 PM PDT 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: jazusamo

This is just the beginning. What’s next? Pardons for black rapists, followed by black child molesters, followed by black murderers, followed by any black criminals remaining in the prison system?

Soon to be followed by an increase in the welfare rolls, section 8 housing, and gang bangers in a neighbourhood near you.

If you don’t have a plan, better get one, and fast.


39 posted on 04/24/2014 2:46:51 PM PDT by Texicanus (Texas, it's a whole 'nother country.)
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To: microgood

I agree. The mandatory minimum was a stupid program. There are some people sitting in prison today who should not have received those mandatory long sentences. I’ve got my flame retardent suit on. Do you?


40 posted on 04/24/2014 2:54:51 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: microgood

I knew a lot of whites caught with the white powder in the early to mid 80’s, and; if tried in 90 days they got no bond.


41 posted on 04/24/2014 3:12:14 PM PDT by Lumper20 ( clown in Chief has own Gov employees Gestapo)
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To: jazusamo

Basil Fawlty once said of one of their guests...”a satisfied guest,we should have him stuffed”.Today I’ll say “a lawyer with ethics,we should have him stuffed”.


42 posted on 04/24/2014 3:17:43 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: jazusamo

Why did he even stay on THIS long? Has it not been obvious from the beginning BO and Eric the Red are commies?

This is like Castro emptying his jails in 1980 and sending his criminal element tgo the country he hates—the United States. Obama is doing the same thing, releasing criminals into a country he hates....the same one Castro hates.


43 posted on 04/24/2014 3:30:03 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: JRandomFreeper
Feds shouldn't be involved at all. Police powers are reserved to the States under the Constitution.

You are correct. And with the draconian sentences for most crimes, almost everyone takes a plea deal with means in addition to being unconstitutional, it is totally unjust.
44 posted on 04/24/2014 3:30:55 PM PDT by microgood
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To: SoFloFreeper

“It’s part of the president’s effort to end racial discrimination”.....

Releasing those drug dealers IS a racist act since MOST OF THEM are black, he knows it and we know it.

I would love to see the ratio of blacks to whites that are released. (I don’t expect to see those figures as publishing them would certainly be RACIST)


45 posted on 04/24/2014 3:34:28 PM PDT by DaveA37
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To: VerySadAmerican
I agree. The mandatory minimum was a stupid program.

Which shows that using the Federal government to implement conservative or liberal points of view is always a losing strategy. The neocons just have not figured out what the paleocons always knew.
46 posted on 04/24/2014 3:34:43 PM PDT by microgood
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Thanks jazusamo.
As head of the DOJ’s Pardons Office Rodgers clashed with the Obama administration over a controversial plan to release -- or reduce the sentences of -- convicted drug offenders. It’s part of the president’s effort to end racial discrimination in drug-related sentences. It started with the 2010 signing of a law (Fair Sentencing Act) that for the first time in decades relaxed drug-crime sentences he claims discriminate against minority offenders. The measure severely weakens a decades-old law enacted during the infamous crack cocaine epidemic that ravaged urban communities nationwide in the 1980s. But the Fair Sentencing Act is not retroactive so the president launched a broad plan this month to help those sentenced under the older, stricter law...

47 posted on 04/24/2014 3:35:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: jazusamo

A jury convicted these people. What right does Holder have to throw out out jury system?

One more totalitarian move...


48 posted on 04/24/2014 3:41:15 PM PDT by GOPJ (Democrats are waging war on white middle class men...)
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To: jazusamo

20,000 potential Willie Hortons.


49 posted on 04/24/2014 3:41:21 PM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: SoFloFreeper

It seems that’s exactly what 0bama/Holders Injustice Dept is going to do.

In past administrations the AG assigned attorneys to DOJ departments to prosecute crime but the current one assigns dozens of new attorneys to its pardon office to give clemency to somewhere between 10,000 - 20,000 convicted criminals.

With the turkeys running this show it’s not surprising.


50 posted on 04/24/2014 3:53:26 PM PDT by jazusamo
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