|Roger can get Stoned with his Richard Nixon bong while |
thousands of nonviolent drug offenders wait for clemency.
I agree with Adam Schiff: "With Trump there are now two systems of justice in America: One for Trump's criminal friends and one for everyone else." (NPR missed the "criminal" when they reported that this morning.) Kamala Harris tweeted, "Trump commutes the prison sentence of Roger Stone while the officers that killed Breonna Taylor are still free. The two systems of justice in this country must end."
|Johnson's case was highlighted at the 2019 State of the Union speech.|
Johnson, who appeared in a SuperBowl ad to tout Trump's criminal justice record, responded to Stone's commutation diplomatically in the Washington Post. Stone “is not one that I have personally advocated for, but that there’s movement on clemency makes me hopeful that there will be more,” Johnson said. “The people I am advocating for have spent years in prison and have proven that they rehabilitated themselves."
They include a number of women and people of color serving long sentences for drug crimes. Two of the women, LaShonda Hall and Lenora Logan, are inmates with whom Johnson served time. Another is one of Johnson’s co-defendants, Curtis McDonald, who is 70 and was quarantined with COVID-19 when they spoke last month. Roughly 13,500 inmates who have sought clemency are in limbo, according to the Justice Department’s website.
Breonna Taylor was a 26-year-old African-American EMT who was shot and killed by Louisville police executing a no-knock drug warrant on March 13. No drugs were found, and police initially said no one was hurt. Michael Thompson, a 68-year-old diabetic black man, remains in prison in Michigan for selling three pounds of weed in 1994, and black disabled veteran Sean Worsley was just given a 60-month prison sentence in Georgia for medical marijuana.
|West gives Trump a MAGA hug.|
Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal attorney, was taken back into federal custody Thursday after refusing the terms of his home confinement. One of those conditions, according to a copy of the agreement obtained by CBS News, called for "No engagement of any kind with the media, including print, tv, film, books, or any other form of media/news." Cohen has reportedly finished a draft of a book about his life and time working for Trump. Former Trump campaign chairman and attorney have also been released to home confinement due to fears of the coronavirus.
*If you don't know who this turkey is, watch "Get Me Roger Stone" on Netflix. Stone actually tried to get into the cannabis industry and was set to appear at a cannabis event in LA in 2017, but the industry rallied to boycott the show until he was uninvited.