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Friday, April 15, 2005

 
Republicans On Drugs

Via Hit & Run, we learn:

Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has rewritten his Defending America's Most Vulnerable: Safe Access to Drug Treatment and Child Protection Act (known by the catchy acronym DAMV:SADTCPA), which he introduced before the Supreme Court's decision in U.S. v. Booker. Apparently Sensenbrenner decided DAMV:SADTCPA wasn't draconian enough. The bill, which has been passed by a subcommittee and will soon be considered by the full House Judiciary Committee, retains the 10-year mandatory minimum sentence for anyone over 21 who supplies any quantity of any drug to someone under 18, with a life sentence for a second such offense. In addition, according to an analysis by Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the bill would:

* make the sentencing guidelines mandatory again, forbidding downward departures in almost all cases;
* virtually eliminate the "safety valve" provision for low-level, nonviolent drug offenders;
* create a three-year mandatory minimum for parents who see or hear about drug dealing targeting or near their children and fail to report it;
* create a 10-year mandatory minimum for parents who sell drugs when their children are nearby; and
* increase the mandatory minimum for selling drugs in "drug-free zones," which in practice cover almost anywhere within many cities, to five years.


Umm, what was that middle one again?

Okay, so I take my four-year-old to the park, let him run on the playground while I read the paper. I look up, and see a local gang member sell pot to someone while leaning on the poles holding up swings my son is swinging on.

My choices are now:
1) Do not report this to the cops, and risk a mandatory 3 year minimum sentence in Federal prison, or;
2) Report this to the cops, and risk a gang member blowing me full of holes.

I suppose we should be lucky that they only limit this dilemma to people who are responsible for the care of children...



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