Thursday, November 21, 2013

Rob Ford, Trailblazer...

Who knew this was going to be a trend?

Fla's Rep Radel pleads guilty to cocaine charge
WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Republican Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and was sentenced to a year's probation.

"I've hit a bottom where I realize I need help," Radel told a judge in acknowledging that he purchased 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover police officer.
Thanks a million, jackass. Because you couldn't be discreet about your love of Colombian nose candy, the media is having multiple orgasms describing you as a Tea Party member. Great. But that's not what upset me. Honestly, I don't care if he was snorting enough snow to put Vail out of business. I'm a big fan of legalization and letting Darwin sort things out (with the same penalties for driving under the influence of narcotics as for drinking).

What pisses me off is this:
Among the bills he co-sponsored during his freshman term is legislation that would allow a judge to impose a sentence below a mandatory minimum, including for drug offenses.
Now, that's pretty convoluted, but I think that means that if, say, you were busted for possession of a joint, and the mandatory sentence is 3-6 months, this legislation would allow the judge to give you 30 days. If that's the case, why not work towards legalization, or at least decriminalization? It's about damn time we owned up to the fact that the War on Drugs is a ridiculous failure, declare it over, and move on.

I think the worst part is he's too stupid to send a low-level staffer to buy his coke for him... (kidding)

That is all.


Dave H said...

(with the same penalties for driving under the influence of narcotics as for drinking)

So, a slap on the wrist and a coupon for 10% off your next DWI case court costs?

Sorry, I know what you're trying to say, but the current penance dished out for drunk driving is a joke. I'm not a fan of mandatory sentencing for nonviolent crimes (including possession), but I think I could support a bill that would make DWI a violent crime, at least if it causes injury or death.

Angus McThag said...

Or his staffers are too smart to make the buy for him.

Angus McThag said...

Dave H: Make drunk driving be the indicator that what happened while you were drunk 1st degree.

Car crash that killed someone? 1st degree murder, you PLANNED on that happening. Remove the drunk driving as a crime in and of itself and make it an enhancer to the things that happen because they are drunk.

How many things become real crime with real sentences if they are 1st degree instead of collateral?

Larry said...

I noticed that they didn't hesitate to "name that party" in his case.