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Thursday, December 09, 2004

At last - the Rockefeller drug law takes a hit

The New York legislature, previously frozen in panic at the thought of voter retribution, have made a start on demolishing the ghastly edifice
that put some low-level first-time drug offenders behind bars for sentences ranging from 15 years to life.

Under the changes passed Tuesday, which Gov. George E. Pataki said he would sign, the sentence for those same offenders would be reduced to 8 to 20 years in prison. The law will allow more than 400 inmates serving lengthy prison terms on those top counts to apply to judges to get out of jail early.

Strange that such a draconian law should be identified, not with some neo-Goldwaterite but with the cosmopolitan, liberal Eisenhowerite Nelson Rockefeller - representative of the wing of the Republican Party that is virtually extinct.

The good folk of California rejected Proposition 66 (previous pieces) to amend the three strikes law: reforms that were opposed by that Left Coast Rockefeller de nos jours, Arnold 'Dude, Where's My Amendment?' Schwarzenegger.

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