Thursday, June 02, 2011

Is this true? Obama Ad is "more concerned with wellbeing of criminals than with the safety of our communities."

On June 1, 2011, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urged the U.S. Sentencing Commission make retroactive the revised sentencing guidelines to cover prisoners previously sentenced under the long mandatory drug sentences that were modified by the Fair Sentencing Act of 2011, if there were no weapons or other factors involved in the case.

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), is Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary. His statement responding to Holder is riddled such preposterous accusations, such as the above, as well as blatant misstatements of the law, as noted by Prof. Doug Berman at his Sentencing Law and Policy blog.

One should note, by the way, that Rep. Lamar Smith is a Member of Congress especially sensitive to bias and inaccuracy in public statements, especially if they are made by the news media. (The majority of his Floor and Committee Statements, as identified on his Congressional website, are criticisms of major news media for bias.)

Rep. Smith was the sole Member of Congress to speak on the floor against the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 last year.

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