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Court rejects harsh federal sentencing guideline for Ecstasy

U.S. District Court Judge William H. Pauley III on Friday rejected the federal sentencing guideline for MDMA, or Ecstasy, ruling that the guideline was based on outdated science and punished ecstasy-related crimes far too harshly than was justified. Ecstasy has been used by 14.2 million people in the United States…

British lawmaker slammed for suggesting date rape not ‘serious’

LONDON — Justice Secretary Ken Clarke on Thursday rejected calls to resign over controversial remarks he made about rape, but said he would choose his words more carefully in the future. The veteran Conservative politician refused to apologise after widespread condemnation of his apparent suggestion that date rape was not…

US Congress votes to cut cocaine sentencing disparity

WASHINGTON — The US Congress voted Wednesday to reduce sentencing disparities for offenders caught with crack cocaine versus the drug in powder form, a gap blamed for disproportionate jailing of black Americans. The US House of Representatives, by voice vote, approved legislation the Senate passed in March, sending the measure…

US Congress votes to cut cocaine sentencing disparity

The US Congress voted Wednesday to reduce sentencing disparities for offenders caught with crack cocaine versus the drug in powder form, a gap blamed for disproportionate jailing of black Americans. The US House of Representatives, by voice vote, approved legislation the Senate passed in March, sending the measure to President…

Judge refuses to jail activist who hung banner in Senate building, over objection of US Attorney

US Attorney wanted jail sentence of 40 days, three years suspended sentence Environmentalist Ted Glick narrowly escaped a jail sentence today for misdemeanor convictions related to hanging banners in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building (pictured at right). “I’m overwhelmingly surprised,” Glick told Raw Story. “I fully expected…

Courthouse fire delays Lil Wayne sentencing

NEW YORK — Platinum-selling rapper Lil Wayne appeared to have won at least one more day of freedom Tuesday when his sentencing on a weapons charge in New York was delayed due to a courthouse fire. The fire at the New York state court complex in downtown Manhattan injured eight…

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