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    Source: USA Today

    WASHINGTON — Thousands of federal offenders could become eligible for clemency consideration by President Obama under new guidelines set to be released later this week by the Justice Department.

    Attorney General Eric Holder, in a video message posted Monday on the Justice website, said the expanded program will allow the president to consider clemency requests from "a larger field of eligible individuals.''

    The Justice Department's action comes less than a week after the White House asked the department to revamp the rules for the solicitation of additional commutation and pardon requests.

    "Once these reforms go into effect, we expect to receive thousands of additional applications for clemency,'' Holder said, adding that "potentially dozens of (department) lawyers'' would be assigned to review the anticipated wave of requests.

    The effort is part of a larger strategy to reduce the bloated federal prison population and reverse past sentencing policies that doomed many offenders, including thousands of non-violent drug offenders, to disproportionately long terms.

    In January, Deputy Attorney General James Cole appealed to state bar associations to help identify low-level, non-violent drug offenders who could be candidates for grants of clemency.

    "As a society, we pay much too high a price whenever our system fails to deliver the just outcomes necessary to deter and punish crime, to keep us safe, and to ensure that those who have paid their debts have a chance to become productive citizens,'' Holder said.

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    As I understand it, the "mandatory minimum sentencing" requirements for non-violent drug offenders has been relaxed. But this only applies to NEW cases. Those arrested PREVIOUSLY, and were sentenced to "mandatory minimum" sentences, are not affected. Therefore, Obama has instructed Eric holder to seek out such candidates for clemency who have already served "reasonable" time (my own interpretation) and release them.

    Further, I understand a lot of judges LIKE this, because they OFTEN would have given "lesser sentences" if they were not required to go "mandatory minimum".

    Could Obama actually be doing something RIGHT?
    "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

  • #2
    Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
    Could Obama actually be doing something RIGHT?
    Cow Poke, relax, take a few deep breaths, and the feeling will pass...
    Atheism is the cult of death, the death of hope. The universe is doomed, you are doomed, the only thing that remains is to await your execution...

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    • #3
      Originally posted by seer View Post
      Cow Poke, relax, take a few deep breaths, and the feeling will pass...
      I know, RIGHT?
      "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
        Source: USA Today

        WASHINGTON — Thousands of federal offenders could become eligible for clemency consideration by President Obama under new guidelines set to be released later this week by the Justice Department.

        Attorney General Eric Holder, in a video message posted Monday on the Justice website, said the expanded program will allow the president to consider clemency requests from "a larger field of eligible individuals.''

        The Justice Department's action comes less than a week after the White House asked the department to revamp the rules for the solicitation of additional commutation and pardon requests.

        "Once these reforms go into effect, we expect to receive thousands of additional applications for clemency,'' Holder said, adding that "potentially dozens of (department) lawyers'' would be assigned to review the anticipated wave of requests.

        The effort is part of a larger strategy to reduce the bloated federal prison population and reverse past sentencing policies that doomed many offenders, including thousands of non-violent drug offenders, to disproportionately long terms.

        In January, Deputy Attorney General James Cole appealed to state bar associations to help identify low-level, non-violent drug offenders who could be candidates for grants of clemency.

        "As a society, we pay much too high a price whenever our system fails to deliver the just outcomes necessary to deter and punish crime, to keep us safe, and to ensure that those who have paid their debts have a chance to become productive citizens,'' Holder said.

        © Copyright Original Source




        As I understand it, the "mandatory minimum sentencing" requirements for non-violent drug offenders has been relaxed. But this only applies to NEW cases. Those arrested PREVIOUSLY, and were sentenced to "mandatory minimum" sentences, are not affected. Therefore, Obama has instructed Eric holder to seek out such candidates for clemency who have already served "reasonable" time (my own interpretation) and release them.

        Further, I understand a lot of judges LIKE this, because they OFTEN would have given "lesser sentences" if they were not required to go "mandatory minimum".

        Could Obama actually be doing something RIGHT?
        And IIRC juries were known to be hesitant to convict someone if they knew they would automatically receive a draconian sentence rather than, as you said, a more "reasonable" punishment.

        I'm always still in trouble again

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        • #5
          Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
          And IIRC juries were known to be hesitant to convict someone if they knew they would automatically receive a draconian sentence rather than, as you said, a more "reasonable" punishment.
          Yes, and some prosecutors would actually be encouraged by the DA's office to charge with something ELSE, using the "mandatory minimum sentencing" as leverage.
          "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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          • #6
            We should bring back Lynch Mobs! Saves tax money, is good exercise, and keeps the crime rate down.

            Hey, it worked for Frankenstein.


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            • #7
              Originally posted by Sparko View Post
              We should bring back Lynch Mobs! Saves tax money, is good exercise, and keeps the crime rate down.

              Hey, it worked for Frankenstein.

              And pirates

              I'm always still in trouble again

              "You're by far the worst poster on TWeb" and "TWeb's biggest liar" --starlight (the guy who says Stalin was a right-winger)
              "Of course, human life begins at fertilization that’s not the argument." --Tassman

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
                Source: USA Today

                WASHINGTON — Thousands of federal offenders could become eligible for clemency consideration by President Obama under new guidelines set to be released later this week by the Justice Department.

                Attorney General Eric Holder, in a video message posted Monday on the Justice website, said the expanded program will allow the president to consider clemency requests from "a larger field of eligible individuals.''

                The Justice Department's action comes less than a week after the White House asked the department to revamp the rules for the solicitation of additional commutation and pardon requests.

                "Once these reforms go into effect, we expect to receive thousands of additional applications for clemency,'' Holder said, adding that "potentially dozens of (department) lawyers'' would be assigned to review the anticipated wave of requests.

                The effort is part of a larger strategy to reduce the bloated federal prison population and reverse past sentencing policies that doomed many offenders, including thousands of non-violent drug offenders, to disproportionately long terms.

                In January, Deputy Attorney General James Cole appealed to state bar associations to help identify low-level, non-violent drug offenders who could be candidates for grants of clemency.

                "As a society, we pay much too high a price whenever our system fails to deliver the just outcomes necessary to deter and punish crime, to keep us safe, and to ensure that those who have paid their debts have a chance to become productive citizens,'' Holder said.

                © Copyright Original Source




                As I understand it, the "mandatory minimum sentencing" requirements for non-violent drug offenders has been relaxed. But this only applies to NEW cases. Those arrested PREVIOUSLY, and were sentenced to "mandatory minimum" sentences, are not affected. Therefore, Obama has instructed Eric holder to seek out such candidates for clemency who have already served "reasonable" time (my own interpretation) and release them.

                Further, I understand a lot of judges LIKE this, because they OFTEN would have given "lesser sentences" if they were not required to go "mandatory minimum".

                Could Obama actually be doing something RIGHT?


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                • #9
                  It's remarkable when, even in this toxic political climate, an issue can emerge that almost everybody agrees on a solution for, and even more, when any progress gets done on it.
                  "I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell." - Leonard Ravenhill

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by KingsGambit View Post
                    It's remarkable when, even in this toxic political climate, an issue can emerge that almost everybody agrees on a solution for, and even more, when any progress gets done on it.
                    Aside from the obvious redundancy, I agree with you.
                    I DENOUNCE DONALD J. TRUMP AND ALL HIS IMMORAL ACTS.

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                    • #11
                      I will wait and see how this policy is abused to release some it should not release.
                      Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Jedidiah View Post
                        I will wait and see how this policy is abused to release some it should not release.
                        That's a good point, considering the questionable characters Obama wants to hire in his administration.
                        "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
                          That's a good point, considering the questionable characters Obama wants to hire in his administration.
                          Come to think of it....



                          NAW!
                          "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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