Monday, February 10, 2014

Who is on our side? Really?

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks to the press outside after listening to President Obama speak about poverty during an event in the White House on January 9, 2014 in Washington, DC.
 Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky
The most bi-partisan Congress in memory is coming together to support . . . . fairer drug laws? Rand Paul, of all folks, is the leading Republican voice of reform. This must-read Slate article, Forgive and Forget, lays it out: "On drug sentencing, a growing number of Republicans are ready to shed the party’s law-and-order image in favor of reform."

What this means: all the talk we've had here about the possible Smarter Sentencing Act, which just came out of Senate Committee last week, and that we've blogged about here, may soon become reality.  Ten-year mandatory minimums become five, five, becomes two, and mandatory life is gone.

It should be factored into your strategy and negotiations in drug cases -- all drugs cases, not just crack. And, remember, the USSG is considering a two-level decrease for all drugs, across the board. More reason to slow down and see how some of this plays out, because we don't know whether or how retroactivity will play into this.

There's also the Govt Track widget to your right, to let you know House progress.

-- Melody

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