Marijuana Lifer Project director Cheri Sicard recently got this message from lifer Paul Free, who wondered if most people even know about the Watts decision he talks about below, and what they think of it if they do. We didn’t know but told him we would ask.
“I am writing this from my cell in the federal penitentiary, Atwater, California. We are “locked down” for a minute as some fool decided to stick a piece of steal into another (fool).
Anyway, I want to thank all who wrote President Obama on my behalf and those who have gone out of their way to help secure freedom for all of us pot POWs. THANK YOU!
Now. I want to ask you this: Do you think it possible for a person to be sentenced, in America, to time in prison for crimes a jury had acquitted them of? WELL THEY CAN & IT HAPPENS EVERY DAY!
Yup, on January 06, 1997, the United States Supreme Court ruled that, from that day forward, any judge can sentence any person to time in prison for charges a jury had acquitted them of. The case is: U.S. V. WATTS and you can read it all at: 519 U.S. 148 (1997)(the government’s copy of the Supreme Court’s decision); OR you can go to THE YALE LAW JOURNAL, Vol. 110, page 1156 n.348.
You can also go to any law library and do a word search and find it. I did so just today and found it had been used dozens of times just in the last two months. For example, I found it used in U.S. V. SADLER, 2016 U.S. LEXIS 3827 (10th Cir. March 01, 2016). It has been used well over 600 times that I know of.
SO, I ask you: Is this justice? Is this what you thought the U.S. Constitution allows? Also, why haven’t members of Congress stood up against this decision?
Tell me PLEASE, what do YOU think?
You can write to Paul Free at this address, or comments posted on this page will be forwarded to him.
Paul Free #42235-198
PO Box 19001
Atwater, CA 95301