Gene's next monthly chat is Tuesday, April 29 at noon. You may submit questions here.
Although the weekly edition provides an update between live chats, it is not and never will be a "blog," even though many persons keep making that mistake. One reason for the confusion is the Underpants Paradox: Blogs, like underpants, contain "threads," whereas this chat contains no "threads" but, like underpants, does sometimes get funky and inexcusable.
Greetings, update readers.
To summarize, Federal Judge Leonie Brinkema sentenced a 35-year-old drug dealer to 30 years in prison. He had sold heroin to three different people who died of an overdose. The heroin wasn't poisoned or dangerously adulterated; it apparently was just high strength. There was no evidence that he was trying to hurt any of them, beyond the injury of feeding their addiction.
First poll question:
The minimum mandatory sentence for the sale of those quantities heroin was 15 years, which was the sentence the defense asked for. The prosecutor had asked for 35 years, the maximum allowable. What do you think of this sentence?
Take the version that best fits you:
Second poll question:
How do you feel about the case? Take the version that best fits you and choose the closest answer, even if none is exactly right:
That's it. We'll discuss your answers next week.