Thursday, June 7, 2018

Alice Johnson released from prison

Trump was visited by Kim Kardashian just a few days ago through Jared. He's been talking about prison reform, but he's also been talking about being a lot more harsh toward drug dealers, even suggesting capital punishment.


chickelit said...

Smart and calculated move on Trump’s part.

edutcher said...

Many think so.

As many, and we're talking strong pro-Trumpers, aren't comfortable with it, as a great majority think her life sentence was deserved.

At 62, presumably she is a safe risk.

We shall see and YMMV.

AllenS said...

Not sure where I stand on this, but she did serve quite a long time, so maybe this is a good thing. I'm sure she learned her lesson.

Trooper York said...

No body is more of a right wing put all the moolies in jail guy than me. But in this case I think what the President did was justified. There are people who change when they go to prison. Chuck Colson was an example. This was an old woman who turned her life around and found Jesus. She could be an example to a lot of people. She was a non-violent first time offender and I don't see the value of having her die in prison.

In addition this helps the President with his fight with Mueller. The President will be pardoning people who were incarcerated because of prosecutorial excess. Scooter Libby. Sherriff Joe. Jack Johnson. So it is political common sense to throw in a couple of run of the mill moolie criminals so when he pardons everyone indicted by Mueller he can point to them and say that he was being consistent.

It's smart politics.

Leland said...

I think the commutation is right. Trump didn't pardon her. She's still a convicted felon. 20 years is a life sentence in many jurisdictions, and she served 22.

I think it is well calculated and appropriate. My only complaint is that I would like priority placed on the various "war crime" convictions.

Trooper York said...

That might come next Leland.

Hey imagine if he pardons Lt. Calley? Squeeky Frome? Sirhan Sirhan? Ted Cruz's father? Mark David Chapman?

AllenS said...

Trooper York said...
The President will be pardoning people who were incarcerated because of prosecutorial excess

BINGO! And, to be sure, there has been plenty of that going on for a long time.