Here comes the COCAINE Train Woo-Woo

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    Shogun, you were absolutely right...I'm back. I tried stapeling my fingers to the desk, but that didn't work.

    Ok...Our wonderful Dumbass President G.W.B. the other day, opened up the trade route with Peru again and now the supreme court is making it less of a sentence for trafficing cocaine. Infact even possibly letting out many allready in prison. Makes sense to me...If you are going to inundate the United States with Cocaine, you have to have people to traffic it. And who better than those already doing time that still have connections and can move mass quantities fast. Isn't this the same thing his daddy did in the 80's?
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    good to have you back
     
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    Actually it made the sentence less ( which isn't really true either, but I'll give you that for now) for trafficking in crack cocaine.
     
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    Yeah...We'll see...Whats next?, the delorian making a comeback?
     
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    Since when did the Supreme Court make law? How specifically is the SC "making" it less of a sentence for trafficking in cocaine?
     
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    They have made law since Marbury. The thing is they are very cautious about making law...and they generally defer to the legislature. But its not always clear cut...I haven't read the opinion (don't have time...first 1L exam in 2 days...w00t), but I'd be interested to find out how they get around it in this case.

    As for how they "made" it less, they didn't really. All they did was allow judges greater discretion to skirt mandatory minimums, which generally equal a lessening of sentences since they are usually absurdly high.
     
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    Also...oftentimes its a matter of interpretation. The "conservatives" on the court (Scalia especially) like a textual interpretation. That is that the court should read *exactly* what a law says and nothing else. The "liberals" on the court prefer a more intent-driven interpretation...that is what Congress meant when they wrote the law.

    Neither are perfect. Congress sometimes can write laws that if read gramatically and exactly, can have absurd absurd consequences. Of course finding out what a body of 535 lawmakers intended is not always easy to say the least.
     
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    I was under the impression the judiciary interprets and enforces law, the legislature writes it. Granted, they can make subtle alterations depending on how imaginative their interpretations are, but I don't see how they can decrease mandatory minimums that are written into law.

    Either way, I don't see where this is beneficial to the US.
     

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