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October 2005



Asa Hutchinson gets it half right

Former director of the DEA Asa Hutchinson is running for Governor of Arkansas. In this article, he starts off on the right track:

“Past drug offenses should not automatically disqualify someone for student aid,” Hutchinson, a candidate for governor, told the Arkansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. The group met in a fall conference […]

Supreme Court?

Truth Laid Bear is putting out a call to bloggers to take a stand on Miers, so here’s mine:

I am neutral on the Miers nomination.

Not much of a stand, I realize, but here are my reasons:

I’d like to see what actually happens in the confirmation process, on the off-chance that we might […]

You cannot waive my rights

Via TChris at TalkLeft comes this:

The [Connecticut State Supreme] court ruled 3-2 that opposition to a search by one resident invalidates permission granted by another, which is contrary to most case law on the issue nationwide. Defense lawyers predict the ruling will be troublesome for police, and could apply not only to attempted searches […]

Small Town Texas Justice

For a fascinating, yet disturbing weekend read, check out Crackpot Crackdown by Jordan Smith in yesterday’s Austin Chronicle.

Jackson County’s DA Has Convicted 28 Black People on Drug Charges Via Manufactured Evidence and Railroaded Trials. Now a Small-Town Exile, Her Family, and a Few Neighbors Are Fighting Back

It’s a story of racism, a district […]

Dept. of Justice Prison Report

The new Department of Justice US Prison Population report (pdf) is to be released tomorrow. Here are some of the key figures in the report (thanks to Common Sense for Drug Policy, and jackl): State Prison Inmates in 2002:

21.4% were drug offenders — 265,000 out of 1,237,500. 31.5% of all women in state prison […]

On recent deletions

At Drug WarRant, I always welcome those who have opposing viewpoints. In fact, it’s often refreshing to have someone actually have the guts to debate us about drug policy reform. (Note how recently we had a discussion that went on for hundreds of posts with “Jake.”) So I feel the need to explain why I […]