F. James Sensenbrenner.
Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, a Wisconsin Republican, will be the new chairman of the House Judiciary Committeeâ€™s subcommittee on crime, terrorism, and homeland security. Sensenbrenner, 67, is a former chairman of the full Judiciary Committee. On the subcommittee, he succeeds Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) Sensenbrenner will bring a much more conservative perspective to criminal justice issues.
Here’s one of Sensenbrenner’s past highlights
The â€œDefending Americaâ€™s Most Vulnerable: Safe Access to Drug Treatment and Child Protection Act of 2005â€³ (H.R. 1528) was introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) on April 6, and it has already passed out of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
The list of atrocities in this bill are unbelievable. Here are a couple of examples:
- 10-year sentence for a second offense of distributing marijuana to a person under 21. (this would include one 20-year-old college student giving a joint to another 20-year old college student)
- Three-year mandatory minimum for parents who witness or learn about drug trafficking activities, targeting or even near their children, if they do not report it to law enforcement authorities within 24 hours and do not provide full assistance investigating, apprehending, and prosecuting the offender.
- Increase to five years the federal mandatory minimum sentence for the sale of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, college, public library, drug treatment facility (or any place where drug treatment, including classes, are held), or private or public daycare facilities â€“ in short, almost anywhere in cities across the U.S.
- Punishes defendants for the â€œrelevant conductâ€ of co-conspirators that occurred BEFORE the defendant joined the conspiracy.
Fortunately, that one never made it. Can’t wait to see what he’s got up his sleeve.