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.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).
"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.
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.