Sessions Opposes Plan To Reform Prison Sentencing
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Sessions Opposes Plan To Reform Prison Sentencing
Posted by CN Staff on February 14, 2018 at 16:09:39 PT
By Sarah N. Lynch
Source: Reuters
Washington, D.C. -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday warned the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to not approve a draft criminal sentencing reform bill that he claims would reduce sentences for “a highly dangerous cohort of criminals.”In a letter seen by Reuters, Sessions told Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman and fellow Republican Charles Grassley that he feared passage of the legislation would be “a grave error.”
Grassley’s committee is slated to make edits to the draft bill at a hearing on Thursday, before it can be sent to the full Senate for a possible vote.The bill, unveiled by a bipartisan group of lawmakers last fall, aims to lessen prison sentences for non-violent drug offenders and it would also do away with the three-strike mandatory life provision.It would also give judges more discretion in how they sentence non-violent offenders.At the same time, it would toughen sentencing in some cases by adding mandatory minimums for crimes such as interstate domestic violence and trafficking in fentanyl-laced heroin.Sessions’ opposition to the draft bill comes as no surprise.During his time in the Senate, he helped to kill a similar bill that was backed by many of his Republican and Democratic colleagues on the Judiciary Committee.Since becoming attorney general a little more than a year ago, Sessions has made combating violent crime, illegal immigration and drug offenses his priority.Last year, he issued a memorandum to all U.S. Attorneys’ offices instructing them to charge people with the highest provable offense - a move that is designed to trigger mandatory minimum sentences under laws passed in the 1980s and 1990s that critics say can wrongfully criminalize drug addicts and disproportionately affect minority communities.He also has blamed marijuana for directly helping fuel the ongoing opioid epidemic, and earlier this year he revoked Obama-era guidance that urged federal prosecutors not to prioritize marijuana cases in states where it is legal.Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Andrew Hay and Lisa ShumakerSource: Reuters (Wire)Author:  Sarah N. LynchPublished: February 14, 2018Copyright: 2018 Thomson ReutersCannabisNews Justice Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on February 15, 2018 at 07:22:40 PT
I'm concerned about that judge in the law suit
I'm afraid he's going to say he doesn't have the power to do anything about it. Add to that how much Trump seems to dislike any power that judges have. “We can't carry the day necessarily with a judge that feels constrained by what the law may keep him from doing, which is declaring this unconstitutional,” said co-counsel David Holland. “He knows it is, but he may not be able to do it. We need you all to keep the fight alive.”
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Comment #2 posted by Garry Minor on February 15, 2018 at 04:36:25 PT:
Possible Game Changer: Lawsuit against Sessions
Meet the Army vet taking on Sessions over medical marijuana Snips Michael Hiller, the plaintiff’s attorney, argued against a motion to dismiss the lawsuit Wednesday while attorneys for Sessions and the DEA tried to argue there’s not enough evidence to show the benefit of medical cannabis. Judge Alvin Hellerstein told the defendants to stop using that argument because it wasn’t valid. ......WowThe other plaintiffs in the case include former New York Jets star Marvin Washington who used medical cannabis to end his dependence to opioids and two children, Alexis Bortell, 12, and Jagger Cotte, 7, whose parents say wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for the drug. Colorado girl part of lawsuit that targets federal marijuana laws;A Lawsuit Against Sessions Could Be The One To Legalize Marijuana Bosm 
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on February 14, 2018 at 17:12:04 PT
What sessions opposes is one thing... -He represents a minority.That the majority of citizens oppose sessions is more relevant.-0-Oh, what the hell,He's barely even there. An annoying mosquito. Half gone. Gone soon. Insignificant.I can't imagine they even miss him at home.Snores, while awake.Slugslimeomebagrosscanwegetridofhimbeforedaylight?
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