“Plead guilty or go to prison for life” | SentenceSpeak

“Plead guilty or go to prison for life”

“Over at Reason, Jacob Sullum discusses the case of Chris Williams, a medical marijuana grower in Montana. Williams was convicted of violating federal law, despite the fact that his “business openly supplied marijuana to patients who were allowed to use it under state law.”

Sullum notes that Mr. Williams accepted a deal to drop the appeals of his conviction in exchange for a five-year prison sentence, which is considerably less time than the sentence Williams faced originally, which would have kept him in federal prison for 80 years. Sullum credits the difference between the two sentences  to “an extremely unusual post-conviction agreement that highlights the enormous power prosecutors wield as a result of mandatory minimum sentences so grotesquely unjust that in this case even they had to admit it.”  [RESTOFSTORY]

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