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Obama Commutes Another 58 Drug Sentences, Including 18 Lifers

 
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By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) More than a decade ago, a judge bemoaned that the life sentence she was about to impose on Charles C. Brown was overly harsh. This week, relief finally came to Brown, along with 57 other offenders.

President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted their prison terms as part of a broader push to revamp the criminal justice system and ease punishments for nonviolent drug convicts.

Eighteen of the 58 had been given life sentences and some have already spent more than decades in prison. Most are now due for release on Sept. 2. Others will be released over the next two years.

The latest wave among them defendants convicted of either possessing or dealing cocaine, crack and methamphetamine brings to 306 the number of people granted clemency by Obama, the vast majority for drug crimes. The administration has said the pace of commutations is expected to increase as the end of Obama's presidency nears.

The prisoners given commutations have been "granted a second chance to lead productive and law-abiding lives," said Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates.

"Our clemency work is continuing as part of our broader efforts to effectuate criminal justice reform and ensure fairness and proportionality in sentencing," Yates said.

Brown, a Rhode Island man, was sentenced in 2004 to life in prison on crack cocaine charges. The judge in the case, Mary Lisi, lamented during the sentencing hearing that federal law left her with "no choice" but to impose the life sentence because of the amount of crack involved and because of his prior convictions. She said the sentence was not what she would have imposed if it was up to her.

With Thursday's announcement, Brown's sentence now ends on Sept. 2.

The Obama administration has sought to reduce the prison population by encouraging shorter sentences and alternatives to prison for nonviolent criminals. It has supported legislation in Congress that would encourage judges to hand out lesser sentences more lenient than the federal mandatory minimums.

And under a 2013 initiative known as "Smart on Crime," the Justice Department directed prosecutors to limit their use of mandatory minimum sentences, which closely tie the length of punishment to drug quantity.

In a statement Thursday accompanying the announcement, Obama said, "It just doesn't make sense to require a nonviolent drug offender to serve 20 years, or in some cases, life, in prison."

"An excessive punishment like that doesn't fit the crime. It's not serving taxpayers, and it's not making us safer," he added.

The Justice Department revamped the clemency process two years ago to encourage more applications from federal offenders. The administration broadened the criteria for eligible inmates, soliciting petitions from inmates who were convicted of nonviolent crimes, had served at least 10 years of their sentences and had been well behaved behind bars, among other considerations.

But advocates have repeatedly expressed concerns about what they term the slow pace of that process, saying it has denied thousands of deserving candidates a fair shot at an early release.

"I am pleased by today's news, but I know that for every prisoner whose sentence the president commuted today, there are a hundred more who are equally worthy," said Mary Price, general counsel of Families Against Mandatory Minimums.

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This story has been corrected to show that 306 is the number of people granted clemency, not just commutation of sentence.

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G.W. Bush did well over a hundred himself.
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There are 85,000 federal drug offenders in prison, a whopping 46% of those incarcerated federally. If there's no violence on their records, they should be freed.
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Drugs will be less and less seen as a disease for which law enforcers ought to hunt down the carriers of that plague which in turn leads to greater degredation of society if not complete since it is for the personal intent to destroy oneself that almost all crime stems. So we are legalizing self-destruction.

The "cool kids" win.
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this is great as long as they aren't violent criminals. Prisons are overcrowded, the US imprisons more people then any other country on Earth.
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Drugs will be less and less seen as a disease for which law enforcers ought to hunt down the carriers of that plague which in turn leads to greater degredation of society if not complete since it is for the personal intent to destroy oneself that almost all crime stems. So we are legalizing self-destruction.

The "cool kids" win.
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G.W. Bush did well over a hundred himself.
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and because of that his Brother Jeb is sucking donkey ass for the rest of his political life
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There are 85,000 federal drug offenders in prison, a whopping 46% of those incarcerated federally. If there's no violence on their records, they should be freed.
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So the heroin and coke dealer who setup operations at your kids schoolyard or city playground should be set free?



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Just wait till his last day, the floodgates will open
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Then there will be plenty of room for him and his co-conspirators.
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Finally Obama did something I can get behind.
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drug users and people caught up in their addictions, yes, pardon away.

drug dealers, pushers, trafficking... no effing way. serve their time. i have no tolerance for those that push drugs, make money, hurt families and communities, and give a shit less on whether or not their "customers" live or die.
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Mostly cocaine dealers...

Here are the names of the 58 prisoners who most recently received commutations, according to the Justice Department:


Jasmine Allen Bunnell, Fla.

Offense: Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; manage or control a residence for the purpose of unlawfully manufacturing, storing and distributing a controlled substance; distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base; Middle District of Florida

Sentence: 235 months imprisonment; five years supervised release (Nov. 5, 2008); amended to 188 months imprisonment (Feb. 29, 2016)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Timothy Antjuan Augustus Hampton, Va.

Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine base and cocaine; Eastern District of Virginia

Sentence: 210 months imprisonment; five years supervised release (March 1, 2007)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Shannon Lee Blake Phoenix, Ariz.

Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; District of Wyoming

Sentence: 240 months imprisonment; 10 years supervised release; $1,000 fine (July 2, 2007)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 5, 2018.


Steven Bernard Boyd Augusta, Ga.

Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and to possess cocaine and cocaine base with intent to distribute; distribution of cocaine hydrochloride (three counts); possession of cocaine and cocaine base with intent to distribute; Southern District of Georgia

Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (Sept. 29, 1998)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Donald Brooks West Point, Ga.

Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute at least five kilograms of cocaine and at least 50 grams of cocaine base; Northern District of Georgia

Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (Oct. 18, 2002)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Eddie Brown D.C.

Offense: Unlawful possession with intent to distribute 50 grams of cocaine base; District of Columbia

Sentence: Life imprisonment (Sept. 20, 1990)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 5, 2017.


Charles C. Brown Providence, R.I.

Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base, aiding and abetting; possession with intent to distribute more than five grams of cocaine base; District of Rhode Island

Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (May 20, 2004)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Aundra Coats Cleveland

Offense: Distribution of cocaine base; Northern District of Ohio

Sentence: 240 months imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (June 21, 2005)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Jacob George Colbert Richmond, Calif.

Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute in excess of 50 grams of cocaine base; District of Minnesota

Sentence: 235 months imprisonment; five years supervised release (Dec. 8, 2005)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 5, 2018.


Dwayne Berman Cooper Miami

Offense: Conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to manufacture cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession of cocaine with intent to manufacture cocaine base; Middle District of Florida

Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (Aug. 27, 1996)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Marion Clarence Cooper Miami

Offense: Possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and aiding and abetting; District of South Carolina

Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (Nov. 12, 1996)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Vernon Copeland Smyrna, Ga.

Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine; laundering of monetary instruments (three counts); Northern District of Georgia

Sentence: 360 months imprisonment; five years supervised release (May 19, 1992)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Wade Cutchen Newport News, Va.

Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute heroin and cocaine; possession with intent to distribute heroin; Eastern District of Virginia

Sentence: 324 months imprisonment; five years supervised release (Sept. 15, 2000); amended to 262 months imprisonment (May 19, 2015)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Feb. 2017.


Roberto Antonio Davila San Antonio, Tex.

Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana; distribution of marijuana and aiding and abetting said offense; Western District of Texas

Sentence: Life imprisonment; three years supervised release (Feb. 28, 1995)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Efrem Rahoman Douglas Knoxville, Tenn.

Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Eastern District of Tennessee

Sentence: 300 months imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (Sept. 19, 2005)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Thomas Farmer Cincinnati, Ohio

Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; Eastern District of Kentucky

Sentence: Life imprisonment (Dec. 7, 1995)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 5, 2017.


Roy Geer Tavanier, Fla.

Offense: Conspiracy to import cocaine; attempt to import cocaine; conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine; attempt to possess with intent to distribute cocaine; Southern District of Florida

Sentence: 252 months imprisonment; 10 years supervised release, $8,500 fine (May 24, 2004)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Christopher Gulley Pensacola, Fla.

Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base; Northern District of Florida

Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (June 12, 1996)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Jamal Hanson Temple Hills, Md.

Offense: 1. Distribution of 50 grams or more of cocaine base; District of Columbia. 2. Possession of contraband in federal prison; District of New Jersey

Sentence: 1. 262 months imprisonment; five years supervised release (Aug. 2, 2002); 2. Eight months imprisonment (July 16, 2004)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Antonio Nicholas Hill Taylors, S.C.

Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; District of South Carolina

Sentence: 240 months imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (June 15, 2006)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Carla Yvette Holte Largo, Fla.

Offense: Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine; distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base (two counts); possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine; Middle District of Florida

Sentence: 262 months imprisonment; five years supervised release (Nov. 2, 2001)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 5, 2018.


Corey D. Howard Indianapolis

Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute in excess of five kilograms of cocaine (mixture); Southern District of Indiana

Sentence: 240 months imprisonment; 10 years supervised release; $2,000 fine (Feb. 9, 2005)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


George Howard Jones Raleigh, N.C.

Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute cocaine base and cocaine; Eastern District of North Carolina

Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (Aug. 22, 1996)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Joseph John Jones Tarpon Springs, Fla.

Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of a mixture containing cocaine and 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Middle District of Florida

Sentence: 240 months imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (Aug. 6, 2007)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Twaine Jones Washington Park, Ill.

Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine; possession with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride; possession with intent to distribute marijuana; Southern District of Illinois

Sentence: 360 months imprisonment; five years supervised release, $5,000 fine (Nov. 6, 2000); amended to 324 months imprisonment (Oct. 29, 2008)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Abbas Rauf Kareem Daytona Beach, Fla.

Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; Middle District of Florida

Sentence: 240 months imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (June 12, 2008)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 5, 2018.


Kenneth W. Kemp Guttenberg, N.J.

Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base; distribution of cocaine base (three counts); did cause interstate travel in aid of racketeering (two counts); possession with intent to distribute cocaine; distribution of cocaine; Eastern District of Virginia

Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years supervised release (April 11, 1994)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Tomma Jean Kent Des Moines

Offense: Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine; Southern District of Iowa

Sentence: 240 months imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (Sept. 21, 2007)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 5, 2018.


Rick Lee Lamere Bellingham, Wash.

Offense: Conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute; District of Montana

Sentence: 460 months imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (Jan. 13, 2005); amended to 320 months imprisonment, 10 years supervised release (Jan. 11, 2007)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 5, 2018.


Ohara Linear Laws Houston

Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Southern District of Texas

Sentence: 282 months imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (Sept. 19, 2003); amended to 240 months imprisonment (May 8, 2008)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Larry Lewis Pensacola, Fla.

Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; Northern District of Florida

Sentence: 360 months imprisonment; 10 years supervised release; $1,000 fine (Oct. 20, 1999); amended to 324 months imprisonment (June 18, 2006); amended to 262 months imprisonment (July 2, 2015)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 5, 2017.


Trevis Love Harriman, Tenn.

Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine; Eastern District of Tennessee

Sentence: 240 months imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (June 27, 2005)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Leonard Mason Claymont, Del.

Offense: Conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine; distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine; Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Sentence: 240 months imprisonment; 10 years supervised release; $2,500 fine (Feb. 2, 2011)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Christopher Dale Masters Broken Bow, Okla.

Offense: Maintaining a place for purpose of manufacturing, distributing, and using methamphetamine; Eastern District of Oklahoma

Sentence: 240 months imprisonment; three years supervised release (March 10, 2005); amended to 235 months imprisonment (Feb. 29, 2016)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Stanford Mathis Valdosta, Ga.

Offense: Distribution of more than 50 grams of cocaine base; Middle District of Georgia

Sentence: 240 months imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (Dec. 18, 2003)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Maurice Matthews Katy, Tex.

Offense: Distribution of 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Eastern District of Louisiana

Sentence: 240 months imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (April 29, 2009)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Michael Tyree Mays North Las Vegas, Nev.

Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine; Central District of California

Sentence: 360 months imprisonment; eight years supervised release (May 13, 1999)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 5, 2018.


Javier Mendoza Pharr, Tex.

Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine; possession with intent to distribute 1,264 kilograms of cocaine; Southern District of Texas

Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (Aug. 25, 1998)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 5, 2018.


Jerome Lee Menefee Montgomery, Ala.

Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; Central District of California

Sentence: 240 months imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (Oct. 24, 2005)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Michelle Miles Brooklyn, N.Y.

Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine base; distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; Eastern District of New York

Sentence: 360 months imprisonment; five years supervised release (March 24, 2000)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Troy Lamar Morton Iron Station, N.C.

Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana; Western District of North Carolina

Sentence: 240 months imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (Nov. 18, 2003)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 5, 2018.


Cintheia Denise Parra Memphis, Tenn.

Offense: Possess with intent to distribute in excess of 500 grams of methamphetamine; Northern District of Mississippi

Sentence: 235 months imprisonment; five years supervised release (Sept. 21, 2006); amended to 188 months imprisonment (March 18, 2015)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Gerardo Gilberto Rivera Brownsville, Tex.

Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 11.02 kilograms of methamphetamine; Southern District of Texas

Sentence: 235 months imprisonment; five years supervised release (June 8, 2005)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Jessie Lee Robinson Jefferson City, Mo.

Offense: Distribution of cocaine base (two counts); possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; Western District of Missouri

Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (Nov. 15, 2005)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 5, 2018.


Alberto A. Rosales Sr. Miami, Fla.

Offense: Continuing criminal enterprise; importation of marijuana; attempted importation of marijuana; possession with intent to distribute heroin (three counts); Southern District of Florida

Sentence: 85 years imprisonment; three years special parole (March 29, 1989); amended to 70 years imprisonment (Oct. 28, 1992)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Artrez Nyroby Seymour Chicago Heights, Ill.

Offense: Narcotics conspiracy; Northern District of Illinois

Sentence: 300 months imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (Sept. 21, 2005); amended to 240 months imprisonment (March 3, 2016)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Larry Simmons Savannah, Ga.

Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine; distribution of more than five grams of crack cocaine (two counts); Southern District of Georgia

Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (April 21, 2003)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Lavelle Span Milwaukee

Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base; distribution of cocaine base (two counts); Western District of Wisconsin

Sentence: 372 months imprisonment; five years supervised release (May 26, 1999)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Jerome Clarence Sumral Los Angeles

Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine; District of Hawaii

Sentence: 20 years imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (June 20, 2005)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Golden Sutton Henderson, Ky.

Offense: Conspiracy to manufacture, possess with intent to distribute in excess of 50 grams of cocaine base; possession of cocaine with intent to distribute; Southern District of Indiana

Sentence: 300 months imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (Oct. 28, 2002)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


John Herbert Talley Chattanooga, Tenn.

Offense: Conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribute cocaine base; use of a communications facility to wit: the telephone, to facilitate the commission a felony (two counts); Eastern District of Tennessee

Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (Dec. 4, 1995)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Derrick Terry Chicago, Il.

Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; Northern District of Illinois

Sentence: 262 months imprisonment; five years supervised release (Jan. 29, 2003)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


David Anthony Trotter Pensacola, Fla.

Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; Northern District of Florida

Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (Oct. 15, 1993)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Jedrek W. Underwood Houston

Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base and aiding and abetting; conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Southern District of Texas

Sentence: 240 months imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (March 8, 2004)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Chela H. Urbina Boynton Beach, Fla.

Offense: 1. Conspiracy to import cocaine; importation of cocaine; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; possession with intent to distribute a mixture containing cocaine (Southern District of Florida); 2. Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute narcotics (Southern District of New York)

Sentence: 1. 360 months imprisonment; five years supervised release (Nov. 14, 1995); 2. 27 months imprisonment (concurrent); three years supervised release (May 1, 1997)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Fulton Leroy Washington Compton, Calif.

Offense: Conspiracy to manufacture phencyclidine; possession of piperidinocyclohexane-carbonitrile with intent to manufacture PCP; attempt to manufacture PCP; Central District of California

Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years supervised release (Oct. 10, 1997)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Bill Westcott Candler, N.C.

Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine; Middle District of Florida

Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years supervised release (Dec. 19, 1991)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.


Wayland Thomas Wilson Dallas

Offense: Conspiracy; use of a communication facility (three counts); money laundering and aiding and abetting; Northern District of Texas

Sentence: 444 months imprisonment; three years supervised release; $25,000 fine (Nov. 12, 1993)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on Sept. 2, 2016.
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drug users and people caught up in their addictions, yes, pardon away.

drug dealers, pushers, trafficking... no effing way. serve their time. i have no tolerance for those that push drugs, make money, hurt families and communities, and give a shit less on whether or not their "customers" live or die.
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Drug dealers do not force people to buy drugs. Without the buyer there would be no dealer.
Non violent criminals should not be put in prison. Non violent criminals should be made to have to work hard labor instead of 3 hots and a cot.
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ANY TERRORISTS PARDONED TOO?


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drug users and people caught up in their addictions, yes, pardon away.

drug dealers, pushers, trafficking... no effing way. serve their time. i have no tolerance for those that push drugs, make money, hurt families and communities, and give a shit less on whether or not their "customers" live or die.
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Drug dealers do not force people to buy drugs. Without the buyer there would be no dealer.
Non violent criminals should not be put in prison. Non violent criminals should be made to have to work hard labor instead of 3 hots and a cot.
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i agree to disagree. i had a family member die of an addiction. and the way i see it is he enjoyed smoking pot, which prob wasnt that bad... until his dealer turned him onto oxy and then introduced him to h probably because that was the dealers plan... i dont see that type of person as non-violent.
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why do you think no one will release Leonard, the indian?

where ANY native americans on that list?
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Locking up dealers for life is kinda crazy when considering the GOVERNMENT BRINGS IN THE MAJORITY OF THE DOPE!
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They put something in them in these prisons...to make them slaves (I mean robotic slaves that can be used as puppets). I guess this is the test bed of your "mark of the beast" in Revelation.

If you're in prison reading this (not likely probably block everything "conspiracy" in there) don't make that deal, keep your soul and find GOD and the Holy Spirit. It would be akin to trading your outright prison where you do get fed and can keep your soul for an open air prison where you don't and you won't.
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Re: Obama Commutes Another 58 Drug Sentences, Including 18 Lifers
Drug dealers are far worse than banksters and those who inflate US currency through policy that most people cannot even comprehend. Let's focus on the druggies since the real criminals and their crimes are too difficult to understand.

^ Bankster Tactic 972- Distract the Mob. They are stupid and prefer sensationalistic and emotional topics with racial undertones and are easily misled by such fodder.
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Re: Obama Commutes Another 58 Drug Sentences, Including 18 Lifers
They put something in them in these prisons...to make them slaves (I mean robotic slaves that can be used as puppets). I guess this is the test bed of your "mark of the beast" in Revelation.

If you're in prison reading this (not likely probably block everything "conspiracy" in there) don't make that deal, keep your soul and find GOD and the Holy Spirit. It would be akin to trading your outright prison where you do get fed and can keep your soul for an open air prison where you don't and you won't.
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It is called MK Ultra and there are degrees of it.

What do you think Guantanamo is for.
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Re: Obama Commutes Another 58 Drug Sentences, Including 18 Lifers
There are 85,000 federal drug offenders in prison, a whopping 46% of those incarcerated federally. If there's no violence on their records, they should be freed.
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So the heroin and coke dealer who setup operations at your kids schoolyard or city playground should be set free?



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 Quoting: Useless Cookie Eater


No, hell no. They should not be freed. One that really disturbed me many years ago and I never forgot, a kid in his early 20s got busted with a pound of pot and got life without parole. I think it was Wisconsin but vague on that. I'm guessing he's still in prison, that's just shameful.
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Re: Obama Commutes Another 58 Drug Sentences, Including 18 Lifers
Three things.

1. Most of the people on that list have already been in prison at least one, some two decades. For what if they hadn't "cooked" it into rock would have gotten them far lesser sentences, and which sentencing laws at the time left judges no choice but to enact life sentences.

2. Still, there need to be more names on that list, and it can start with all the thousands still in prison for cannabis only offenses.

3. Free Leonard Peltier.

that is all.
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Gotta have my supplier network set up for when I leave. otrike
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Re: Obama Commutes Another 58 Drug Sentences, Including 18 Lifers
What's disturbing is the number of cocaine dealers freed vs the pot dealers... there's like 2-3 pot dealers in there vs 50 cocaine dealers.
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All except two names sound black

What a surprize
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It's all slight of hand. He lets 50 go, but within that 50, are key inmates. Favors and deals.
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Re: Obama Commutes Another 58 Drug Sentences, Including 18 Lifers
There are 85,000 federal drug offenders in prison, a whopping 46% of those incarcerated federally. If there's no violence on their records, they should be freed.
 Quoting: Voluntarist


So the heroin and coke dealer who setup operations at your kids schoolyard or city playground should be set free?



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You watch too much TV. Drug dealers don't setup operations at schools or playgrounds. Yes their shit gets sold there by street level dealers but don't setup networks just for schools. Also more to the point it's people arrested for drug use and or doing drugs who should be released not dealers.
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Re: Obama Commutes Another 58 Drug Sentences, Including 18 Lifers
There are 85,000 federal drug offenders in prison, a whopping 46% of those incarcerated federally. If there's no violence on their records, they should be freed.
 Quoting: Voluntarist


So the heroin and coke dealer who setup operations at your kids schoolyard or city playground should be set free?



ser_wtf
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Keep them in prison if they were selling to minors. That's a no-brainer, and not what I'm advocating (selling to minors would be considered violence.)

If you want to continue to pay for them to stay in prison, be my guest.

Last Edited by STAX on 05/09/2016 02:42 AM
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Re: Obama Commutes Another 58 Drug Sentences, Including 18 Lifers
bump

Last Edited by STAX on 05/09/2016 02:38 AM





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