Repeatedly defraud monetary institutions and the government? Get 47 months in prison.
Illegally possess marijuana in a prohibition state? That is a 12-year sentence, pal.
A lot of folks, which includes U.S. senators, are selecting up on this ludicrous sentencing disparity on complete show in a case involving Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. The former lobbyist was convicted of more than a dozen monetary fraud charges. When prosecutors advised that he serve roughly 20 years, a judge decided on Thursday that was also harsh a sentence.
The choice instantly inspired a slew of tweets, with several providing examples of instances exactly where non-violent cannabis offenses have place folks in prison for a great deal longer. A single post, about the aforementioned 12-year sentence for easy possession, currently has additional than 10,000 retweets.
But it is not just activists who are taking note of the criminal justice imbalance. Sens. Brian Schatz (D-HI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Angus King (I-ME) have also raised the challenge.
Warren tweeted about Fate Winslow, who is facing a life sentence for distributing $20 worth of marijuana.
Harris, who, like Warren, is at present searching for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, compared Manafort’s prison term to marijuana sentencing in a campaign cease in South Carolina.
“We’re going to be flooded with stories in the subsequent 24 hours about folks with comparatively minor offenses, promoting an ounce of marijuana or stealing quarters from a laundry space with equivalent or higher sentences,” King told CNN on Friday.
Published: March 08, 2019