Drugs The Supremes Relax on Crack
posted by December 10 at 10:10 AMon
The Supreme Court ruled today that it’s OK for judges to take the disparity between sentences for crack and powder cocaine into consideration when assigining prison terms—in defiance of federal sentencing guidelines, which are much stiffer for crack.
In [another] case, the court, also by a 7-2 vote, upheld a sentence of probation for Brian Gall for his role in a conspiracy to sell 10,000 pills of ecstasy. U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt of Des Moines, Iowa, determined that Gall had voluntarily quit selling drugs several years before he was implicated, stopped drinking, graduated from college and built a successful business. The guidelines said Gall should have been sent to prison for 30 to 37 months.