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DOJ Pardon Atty. Quits as Obama Plans to Free Thousands of Drug Convicts

DOJ Pardon Atty. Quits as Obama Plans to Free Thousands of Drug Convicts

APRIL 24, 2014

As President Obama prepares to use his executive power to release thousands of felons (serving time under “racist” drug sentences) the Justice Department’s top official in charge of pardons quits rather than let criminals out of jail.

At least someone at the agency charged with enforcing the law and providing federal leadership in controlling crime, has some scruples. Of course, the official statement on the abrupt resignation of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Pardon Attorney, Ron Rodgers, is that he suddenly requested reassignment after heading the division for six years. One newswire story quotes a DOJ Deputy Attorney General saying that Rodgers’ departure is “in the tradition” of senior executive service attorneys who ask for reassignment.

The facts tell a different story. As head of the DOJ’s Pardons Office Rodgers clashed with the Obama administration over a controversial plan to release—or reduce the sentences of—convicted drug offenders. It’s part of the president’s effort to end racial discrimination in drug-related sentences. It started with the 2010 signing of a law (Fair Sentencing Act) that for the first time in decades relaxed drug-crime sentences he claims discriminate against minority offenders. The measure severely weakens a decades-old law enacted during the infamous crack cocaine epidemic that ravaged urban communities nationwide in the 1980s.

But the Fair Sentencing Act is not retroactive so the president launched a broad plan this month to help those sentenced under the older, stricter law which required mandatory prison for first-time offenders and a five-year sentence for trafficking offenses involving more than five grams of crack cocaine. This punished a disproportionate number of blacks, the administration says, compared to more affluent whites and Hispanics that enjoy lighter sentences for possessing the more expensive powder cocaine that most blacks can’t afford.

So this week Attorney General Eric Holder announced a new DOJ clemency initiative that’s expected to free thousands of prisoners serving time for crimes related to crack cocaine. The agency expects to get bombarded with petitions, Holder said in a video posted on the DOJ website, and will assign dozens of new attorneys to its pardon office, which is now headed by an Obama team player named Deborah Leff. The clemencies will “restore a degree of justice, fairness and proportionality,” Holder said, adding that the DOJ is “committed to recommending as many qualified applicants as possible for reduced sentences.”

More than 20,000 inmates “sentenced under the old regime” will likely qualify for clemency, according to Deputy Attorney General James Cole, who held a press conference this week to announce the initiative. “For our criminal justice system to be effective, it needs to not only be fair; but it also must be perceived as being fair,” Cole said. “Older, stringent punishments that are out of line with sentences imposed under today’s laws erode people’s confidence in our criminal justice system, and I am confident that this initiative will go far to promote the most fundamental of American ideals – equal justice under law.”

With that said, here’s an interesting tidbit related to this story. One of the federal lawmakers (California Congresswoman Maxine Waters) that for years pushed to reduce drug sentences over racial disparities accused the CIA of selling crack cocaine to blacks in her south central Los Angeles district to raise money to support clandestine operations in Latin America, including a guerrilla army. Waters and her buddy, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, were driving forces behind the Fair Sentencing Act and are undoubtedly celebrating the new clemency criteria.

 

 

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  • Al Rex

    Why not pardon the thousands of people whose only “crime” is to have underpaid federal taxes of a few dollars and similar offenses and why Obama wants to pardon only drug dealers?

  • Joseph Slabaugh

    True, but as long as a state makes sure to check correctly, that should not be an issue. In ohio they required an id.

  • Dimart45

    Neither can dead people, but they do…

  • Dimart45

    The majority of their changes ARE NOT lasting. Edicts can be repealed, laws can be overturned and economies can be fixed. The worst thing that they’ve done is making race relations so much worse but that too can be fixed.

  • jerimiah69

    Joseph, I wasn’t offended, I just like to be a bit sarcastic. Makes it more fun
    for me in addressing some of these articles..Keep on keeping on…

  • Knowsrightfromwrong

    I understand that. For myself, however, even though this administration is hellacious, their actions have made major changes in the lives of its constituents. They are certainly a joke for us and for those abroad yet I think you would agree, no matter how much of a joke they are, they really have made profound and lasting changes that can affect generations to come. I find that fearful.

  • Joseph Slabaugh

    Sorry I offended you, I was just trying to help.

  • jerimiah69

    Joseph, thank you for your brilliant observation..I am sure you must have more that
    a single word vocabulary. OH My!!! I wrote it again.

  • lawngren

    I agree. obama uncloaked, for those with eyes to see, long ago.

  • Joseph Slabaugh

    The savior already rose from the dead, so are you STILL a sinner? All you really have to do is accept him, not reject him.

  • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ Ted R. Weiland

    A sinner in need of a Savior and King and His perfect law as a guide for life. How about you?

  • Dimart45

    Being a wanna be regime isn’t the same. Holder, Obama and their diminutive brained administration is a joke, nothing more…

  • Joseph Slabaugh

    Than.

  • Joseph Slabaugh

    You are a messed up guy.

  • Joseph Slabaugh

    In Ohio I know they did, when I was living there, but not sure about here in TN.

  • Joseph Slabaugh

    You are?!

  • Knowsrightfromwrong

    I think good ole joe is a troll.

  • Knowsrightfromwrong

    That’s the way the law is written but since obummer has come onto the scene, it’s been determined all laws are meant to be revised. Do you really think anyone is going to check on a voter’s status? I don’t think so.

  • Knowsrightfromwrong

    We don’t have a regime here? What planet are you from?

  • Knowsrightfromwrong

    I totally agree with your comments. More importantly, I noticed you didn’t use the word ‘evil’ when you mentioned obummer’s horns. He sold his soul a long time ago to Satan. Anyone who doesn’t see this or doesn’t know this by his words and his actions is incredibly stupid. Too bad for America.

  • Knowsrightfromwrong

    A law revision to reverse disportionate racial incarceration ?? Yeah, right. It comes as no surprise that 2 of the worst politicians, Waters and Jackson, would be overwhelmingly supportive of this initiative. In reality, this revision most likely affects their family members arrested for selling/distributing coke. This is one overtly evil administrations ever on record.

  • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ Ted R. Weiland

    “The law of YHWH is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of YHWH
    is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of YHWH are right,
    rejoicing the heart: the commandment of YHWH is pure, enlightening the
    eyes. The fear of YHWH is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of
    YHWH are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than
    gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the
    honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of
    them there is great reward.” (Psalm 19:7-11)

  • Joseph Slabaugh

    We dont need any government, in the Bible people tilled the land without need for another man telling them what to do, and pay X amount to whom.

  • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ Ted R. Weiland

    There wouldn’t be an IRS under a Biblical government.

  • Joseph Slabaugh

    Try this, go back to 1st grade, and learn.

    “If they cannot pay the required restitution, they are to be sold into indentured servitude until their debt to their victim is paid” In other words, the IRS would sell you to slavery.

  • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ Ted R. Weiland

    I don’t have a clue what you’re talking about or what this has to do with what I posted.

  • Joseph Slabaugh

    That’s not what you said. Although I do agree on that point.

    They should just end this so called war on drugs, instead of funding it, and then caging people for wanting to put stuff in their own bodies. I don’t think it is constitutional to begin with.

  • Mad Dog

    And how does that non sequitur relate to my observation that Obama is motivated purely by political considerations here as he is in everything he does?

  • Joseph Slabaugh

    So if they charge you with something after planting evidence on you, I hope you don’t fight it.

  • Mad Dog

    Felons aren’t supposed to vote.

    There’s a difference.

  • Joseph Slabaugh

    Felons cant vote.

  • canucksam

    It would be a hoot if both Waters and Jackson Lee were the first victims of one or more of the crack cocaine felons released by the DOJ. And an even bigger joke if Holder got mugged but good by a couple of his buddy felons.

  • Joseph Slabaugh

    So you want to keep being a slave to the Feds? They think you owe your life to serving them, and if you keep that attitude, you will be literally be a slave soon.

  • Joseph Slabaugh

    End the drug war.

  • jerimiah69

    It cheaper to bulld more prisons that to release felons who will contiue their trade.

  • tlpop

    Who will be held accountable for crimes commited by released prisoners? I am tired of these legislators and agencies (paid for with our hard earned tax dollars) not being accountable for their negligence. Furthermore, if they are so confident in their decision making these criminals should be housed in an area where these legislators or agency workers live and work. This would reassure the citizens that that they have thoroughly investigated and researched the prisoners prior to their release. Nothing to fear here.

  • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ Ted R. Weiland

    Had the constitutional framers established government and society upon Yahweh’s immutable morality as reflected in His perfect law and altogether righteous civil judgments (Psalm 19:7-11), none of this could have occurred, because under a Biblical government prisons are superfluous.

    Capital criminals are put to death immediately upon conviction (Ecclesiastes 8:11). Non-capital criminals are required to
    pay anywhere from two to five times restitution (depending upon the nature of their crime) to their VICTIMS (Exodus 22:1ff, etc.). If they cannot pay the required restitution, they are to be sold into indentured servitude until their debt to their victim is paid (Exodus 22:3). If they refuse to pay restitution, their contempt of court (contempt of Yahweh) is a capital crime (Deuteronomy 17:12), for which they’re to be put to death immediately upon conviction.

    Perfect! Just like were told in Psalm 19:

    “The law of YHWH is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of YHWH is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of YHWH are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of YHWH is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of YHWH is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of YHWH are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.” (Psalm 19:7-11)

    For more on how Yahweh’s perfect law of liberty (Psalm 19:7, 119:44-45, James 2:12) applies today, see free online book “Law and Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant.” Click on my name, then our website. Go to our Online Books page, click on the top entry, and scroll down to title.

  • lawngren

    The evil obama is about to unleash a massive crime wave on Americans. Worse yet, he is by this action declaring that if you’re black, you can not be convicted of a crime. What prosecuting attorney is going to set himself up for the (now inevitable) screech of “raaaacist!” if he / she prosecutes a black criminal? What undercover cop is going to investigate black dope dealers, knowing that if he has to shoot one in self-defense, HE will go to prison as a racist murderer?

    What uniformed officer will stop a black assailant from attacking a white victim, knowing the same thing? We’re on our own, with the evil obama regime against us.

    If you thought the “knockout game” was a nightmare, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

    Our evil “president” might as well let his horns show instead of trimming them back. We already know what he is.

  • toledofan

    Yep, it’s the old my way or the highway and if you don’t like it don’t let the door hit you in the behind. Isn’t it just amazing, it’s like watching little kids try to play government. But, I’m sure the two major concessions, you have to vote D every election and you have to sign up for Obamacare.

  • Dimart45

    Sorry Eric, we don’t have “regimes” here. We have Presidencies. Perhaps you should try another Kingdom…

  • Mad Dog

    They need to get the felons released quickly so they’ll be able to vote – several time each – in November.

  • Bill Birch

    This man disagreed with Obama and was fired just like the generals that tendered resignations when they disagreed.
    Who, in their right mind, would open prison doors? There will be no recourse when bad things happen.
    The president will have no responsibility when it does.

  • Sarthurk

    Let the race war begin.