President Obama Commutes Sentence Of Deval Patrick’s Cousin
BOSTON (CBS) – A first cousin of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is one of the eight federal prisoners granted a commuted sentence by President Barack Obama.Patrick is vehemently denying that he had anything to do with this. He claims to have never met his cousin. The Obama administration is just as vociferous in denying that Patrick played any role in this. The President claimed that he had never even heard of Deval Patrick, just for good measure. Joe Biden disavowed all knowledge of the state of Massachusetts, and he claims to be fuzzy about Maine, Montana, and "any other state that starts with an M, like Maryland or Wyoming."
Reynolds Allen Wintersmith was sentenced to life in prison in 1994 on crack cocaine trafficking charges. His sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court in 1998.
Kidding aside, I'm sure that Patrick really didn't have anything to do with this. Read the administration's proclamation carefully, though: "We have no indication that Governor Patrick contacted either DOJ or the White House." Notice the lack of qualifiers, like "or anyone on his staff." Patrick and Obama may be a lot of things, but stupid enough to get caught in something as grossly amateurish as pardoning a low-level drug dealer after intervention by the dealer's cousin is not one of them.
I do find it rather interesting that Obama has made one other pardon in his entire time in office, and now eight...
That is all.