In America, punishment should fit the crime
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra J. Saunders has written dozens of columns since 2001 seeking a presidential commutation for Clarence Aaron, a poster child for what is wrong with federal drug sentencing laws.
Hanssen is a senior federal law enforcement official turned traitor.
[...] because Hanssen had information to trade, he avoided the death penalty and worked out a deal with federal prosecutors that gave him a life sentence.
Since Aaron lacked their connections, he had no bodies to offer to prosecutors and went to trial.
According to Aaron's attorney, Gregg Shapiro of Boston, the higher-up drug dealers who testified against him - men with long criminal histories, some that included crimes of violence - are now free.
Today, however, thanks to draconian federal drug laws that too frequently sentence nonviolent first offenders to years more than their crimes warrant, the federal prison population exceeds 158,000.
[...] 2001 began with outgoing-president Bill Clinton's sha
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