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« Reply #645 on: May 13, 2017, 04:42:13 AM »

Then there are the innocent who have their lives snuffed out in the chambers of death.
Some are lucky, get exonerated before death day;

https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/

Florida Supreme Court Orders Exoneration of Ralph Daniel Wright, Jr.
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The Florida Supreme Court has directed that Ralph Daniel Wright, Jr. (pictured) be acquitted of the murder charges for which he was sentenced to death in 2014, making him the 159th person exonerated from death row in the United States since 1973.


Just one innocent person is one too many. And they've got a laundry list of names. So just imagine how many more innocent people there must be who don't get exonerated. (Troy Davis is one who comes to mind, for me.)

Then there are the people who serve life sentences for murders they didn't commit. Leonard Peltier, another who should have been exonerated by now. Even one of the prosecutors on the case said so.
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« Reply #646 on: May 13, 2017, 04:56:27 AM »

Dumpster seems to savor picking the worst people possible; Jeff Sessions a damn good example, not to mention a person who belongs in prison himself .. for perjury, just for starters. From the LA Times:

"Sessions restores tough drug war policies that trigger mandatory minimum sentences

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Sessions rescinded policy memos signed in 2013 and 2014 by then-Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. that instructed prosecutors to reserve the toughest charges for high-level traffickers and violent criminals.

Since then, the number of drug offenders given mandatory minimum sentences has dropped dramatically, contributing to a 14% decline in the total federal prison population, with 188,797 inmates this month.

Holder slammed Sessions’ policy Friday, calling it “ideologically motivated” and not supported by facts.“The policy announced today is not tough on crime,” Holder said. “It is dumb on crime.”

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Sen. Rand Paul, (R-Ky.) criticized the new policy Friday, arguing that mandatory minimum sentences disproportionately targeted minorities because of how different drugs are categorized under the law.

The “new policy will accentuate that injustice,” Paul said in a statement.

“Sessions is an outlier in his own party and even among many of his own colleagues in the administration,” said Inimai Chettiar, a director at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law in New York. “A lot of Republicans support reductions in sentencing.”

Indiana, for example, implemented a comprehensive criminal justice reform package when Vice President Mike Pence was governor.

“I would say that we need to adopt criminal justice reform nationally. We have got to do a better job recognizing and correcting the errors in the system that do reflect institutional bias in criminal justice,” Pence said in a campaign debate last year.

As governor of Texas, Energy Secretary Rick Perry guided his state through a major shift in sentencing away from the kind of harsh penalties that Sessions seeks to restore in federal courts.

In those states and others, alarm at the escalating cost of incarceration helped drive calls for reform.

Jeff is probably swimming in prison industrial complex money. His dumb criminal inbred white cracker ancestors likely profited off human trafficking and slavery .. why shouldn't he?

In other drug news, a bright spot: New Hampshire Senate decriminalizes pot, joining (I believe) all the other New England states in abolishing imprisonment for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

The future marches on, with or without throwbacks like Jeff Sessions. Though unfortunately, so many human beings will suffer because of him and because of the Big Orange Stupid in the White House (or, actually, at his country clubs, costing the taxpayer much more than the White House ever could).

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« Reply #647 on: August 14, 2017, 05:12:21 PM »

Idiocy has bad results:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/14/health/marijuana-intoxication-children-france-study/index.html

Way to go, dopers.
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« Reply #648 on: August 14, 2017, 06:08:14 PM »

France, where people eat fatty foods, smoke Gauloises, have more nuke plants per capita than any other nation in the world....has never been known for its cultural aversion to risk.

Remember, it's the nation of the philosophic, who gave us the phrase, C'est la vie!

In French class, we used to have a little rhyme:

C'est la vie,
C'est la guerre,
C'est la pomme de terre.

(That's life, that's war, that's the potato.)
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« Reply #649 on: August 14, 2017, 07:23:02 PM »

Ever been there, bart?
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« Reply #650 on: September 21, 2017, 12:07:51 AM »

France, where people eat fatty foods, smoke Gauloises, have more nuke plants per capita than any other nation in the world....has never been known for its cultural aversion to risk.

Remember, it's the nation of the philosophic, who gave us the phrase, C'est la vie!

In French class, we used to have a little rhyme:

C'est la vie,
C'est la guerre,
C'est la pomme de terre.

(That's life, that's war, that's the potato.)


Est la vie non pomme de terre!

Life is not a potato.
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