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Old 05-09-2017, 06:38 PM
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department officials have been weighing new guidance that would encourage prosecutors to charge suspects with the most serious offenses they can prove,
http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-w...ighed-by-us-2/


Here we go stepping backwards 40 years , with this new administration in Washington D.C
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Here they go again, but it was definitely anticipated.

"WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department officials have been weighing new guidance that would encourage prosecutors to charge suspects with the most serious offenses they can prove, a reversal of Obama-era policies that aimed to reduce the federal prison population and show more leniency to lower-level drug offenders.

If embraced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions (stop after reading Jeff Sessions, there is no if involved), this could result in an increased use of rigid mandatory minimum sentences that critics have called unnecessarily harsh.

The guidance is taking shape in the form of a memo that ultimately will be shared with the nation’s federal prosecutors, but the timeframe for release is unclear. Drafts of the memo have been circulating for weeks and have undergone revisions, so the final language is not yet certain.

A person involved in the discussions described one version to The Associated Press speaking only on condition of anonymity because the guidance has not been publicly announced. As outlined, that version would encourage prosecutors to charge people with the most serious, provable offenses — something more likely to trigger mandatory minimum sentences. The shift has been expected since Sessions was appointed and is in keeping with his tough-on-crime public posture In 2003, Attorney General John Ashcroft enacted a similar policy that directed prosecutors to “pursue the most serious, readily provable offense in all federal prosecutions.”
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I have seen the Federal Government, think they have these hot shot cases cut and dry. To only loose their case do to not be fully prepared. basing their whole case on a CI( confidential informant) that turns out to be not very creatable witness
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If this happens, it sends a troubling message to all of us involved with, or affected by, criminal justice reform. Being tough on crime is not nearly as effective as being smart on crime. Maybe some of the inner circle in Washington needs to be hit with charges & they'll change their minds about harsher regulations.
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There is also a New York Times article today on this same subject.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/09/u...l-justice.html
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I don't see the issue here. It does not impact those who have already been sentenced and the reality is that MOST small weight drug cases are NOT federal to begin with.

If anything, then perhaps those most worried about the potential impact should use this as their incentive to, oh, I don't know...oh yeah, incentive to quit doing criminal stuff. It is not THAT hard to avoid criminal prosecution at either the State or federal levels...

As the saying goes...don't do the crime if you can't do the time.
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As the saying goes...don't do the crime if you can't do the time.
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I know people who were initiated into gangs young by men who inflicted harm to force their cooperation. Where were the feds and police then to stop the problem and keep those young men safe? Several are low-level offenders serving long federal sentences because of RICO and conspiracy charges. Its easy to say stop sitting in safety behind a keyboard. Not so easy when faced with the real threat of physical harm. In my city there are federal indictments coming down monthly with several low-level people being caught up in conspiracy cases aimed to get a few violent offenders that the state failed to keep in jail. When the state fails but so many times the feds take over. They have a much higher conviction rate, harsher sentencing guidelines, and more resources at their disposal i.e.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department officials have been weighing new guidance that would encourage prosecutors to charge suspects with the most serious offenses they can prove,
http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-w...ighed-by-us-2/


Here we go stepping backwards 40 years , with this new administration in Washington D.C
I read a article from a newspaper where I am and Trump wants everyone to be locked up regardless of the crime.......He's a idiot.
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